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What are Janus Rights?

What is the Janus v. AFSCME case, and how does it affect public employees?

  • Mark Janus was a child support specialist for the state of Illinois.
  • Even though he wasn’t a union member the union, AFSCME, continued to deduct fees from his pay.
  • Mark was forced to pay these fees if he wanted to keep his job. Even though he did not support the union’s politics or policies.

Public-sector unions are different from private-sector unions. By nature of who pays for public work, the actions taken by public-sector unions – whether by lobbying at a statehouse or negotiating at a bargaining table – are inherently political.

How can the government force a public employee to pay for political activity they disagree with? That was the question Mark Janus wanted answered.


1. The government can’t force public employees to financially support public-sector unions;

2. Doing so violates their First Amendment rights

Mark no longer had to pay “fair share fees” as a condition of his employment with the state, freeing him and potentially millions of other public employees from being forced to support a union. Now public employees have a choice. Join us to defend the labor rights of America’s public sector workers.

Public sector employees in a unionized workplace can choose whether or not to join a union. This infographic helps explain your rights as a public sector employee.

Infographic: What is the Janus v. AFSCME case, and how does it affect public employees? Download the PDF here

If you want to further explore your options, reach out to us at info@americansforfairtreatment.org or 833-969-FAIR (3247).

If you are already a union member and wish to resign, we have information for you here.

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