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Janus vs. AFSCME Decision

Wednesday, June 27, 2018  

Today the Supreme Court issued a decision on the Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) case; ruling in favor of Janus.  The court found that requiring nonunion members to pay agency shop fees is in violation of such members’ First Amendment rights. Going forward, unions will still be required to represent everyone in the collective bargaining unit, regardless of whether a worker is paying agency shop fees or not.

NYSUT plans to provide local union presidents lists of employees that are agency shop fee and they will verify the list before providing it to their school districts/BOCES.  If payroll goes out with agency shop fees deducted after the Supreme Court rules, NYSUT will return the fees to the districts/BOCES for the employer to refund to the impacted employees.

CSEA will send letters directly to districts/BOCES with their lists of agency shop fee employees and will refund agency shop fees directly to impacted employees bypassing their employers.