Janus decision likely to be announced on Monday

Janus decision likely to be announced on Monday

Janus decision likely to be announced on Monday

Freedom-lovers will have to wait a few more days for the much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

The court normally releases its decisions on Mondays and Thursdays during June before recessing in July, but the announcement that additional decisions would be forthcoming on Friday, June 22, fueled speculation the justices wanted their most consequential ruling made public for the weekend cycle.

Alas, Janus wasn’t among the six decisions released on Friday, meaning it’s almost certain to be one of the last four unveiled on Monday, June 25.

By nearly all accounts, the court is expected to rule that Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee, cannot be forced to pay agency fees or dues to a union whose values he doesn’t share. In effect, the ruling will make right-to-work the law of the land and, not coincidentally, deprive liberal candidates and causes of millions of dollars the unions have been confiscating for generations from public employees without their consent.

As we did four years ago in the wake of Harris v. Quinn, which gave right-to-work protections to Medicaid-compensated home caregivers, the Freedom Foundation is poised to launch an outreach campaign to inform the newly freed workers of rights the unions will still try to suppress. The difference is, the task is much, much bigger this time because vastly more workers are affected by Janus.

The fun starts on Monday, and we can’t wait.

Vice President for News and Information
Jeff is a native of West Virginia and a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in journalism. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Wash., as a broadcast journalist and has worked at a number of newspapers in West Virginia and Washington. Most recently, he spent 11 years as editor of the Port Orchard (Wash.) Independent, which earned the 2011 Washington Newspaper Publishers’ Association’s General Excellence Award as the top community newspaper in Washington. Previously, he was editor of the Business Examiner newspaper in Tacoma, Wash., for seven years. Jeff lives in Lacey; he and his wife have grown twin daughters.