Janus called 'historic victory' for taxpaying public

Thursday, June 28, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

"We are hiring" signGovernment workers no longer have to pay union dues and fees to get or keep a job following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and one leader behind that lawsuit says taxpayers are the big winners.

"Not only does Janus v AFSCME protect individual workers that work for the state, it also protects taxpayers," advises Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which represented Janus at the Supreme Court.

Union officials, he goes on to explain, use taxpayers' money to redress government.

"They're actually using this money to 'negotiate' with elected officials," he says, "and they are a private entity that's been injected between not only taxpayers but also individual workers and their elected officials."

Mix

Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Republican governor from Illinois, made similar comments Wednesday outside the Supreme Court, where he called the ruling a "historic victory for taxpayers" who have paid for government union leaders to negotiate their contracts and to also support elected officials who support them.  

Gov. Rauner originally brought the Janus case to court.

California Democrats, labor leaders are teachers unions are calling the Supreme Court's decision a setback for working families and an effort to widen the gap between the rich and everyone else.

"It's pro-worker," counters attorney Jacob Huebert of Liberty Justice Center, another organization representing Janus. "Unions can still represent workers and advocate for the things they believe in. The only thing that's changed is that workers will now have a choice and that means that unions will have to earn workers support instead of taking it for granted."

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