The United State Supreme Court heard oral arguments on February 26, 2018 in a case that could dramatically change the face of unions and public employment in this country.  Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 (AFSCME) puts at issue whether public sector employees can be forced to pay union dues as a condition of employment.  Proponents of mandatory union dues payments state that this prevents some employees from reaping the benefits of collective bargaining and union representation without paying their fair share.  Opponents feel that it is inherently unfair to require an employee to pay union dues if they do not agree with union representation or what the union stands for.  An article published today, Justices Appear Slit on Mandatory Union Fees, by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) does a nice job covering the recent case law regarding mandatory union dues and an analysis of how the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on this case.  For those AAA members who are governmental entities, the outcome of this case could have a substantial impact on your agency and its people, employees and management.  We will continue to monitor the developments in this case…

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