SUPCO ruling a blow for public sector unions


Springfield, Ill (WAND) – The U.S. Supreme Court has struck a blow against public employee unions ruling on an Illinois case, Janus v. AFSCME.

Mark Janus, a child support specialist for the state of Illinois, sued on the grounds his first amendment rights were being violated by being forced to pay union fees to AFSCME.  The court ruled 5-4 in favor of Janus.

The Liberty Justice Center, the litigation arm of the Illinois Policy Institute, handled the case.

“The decision by the United States Supreme Court is a win for everyone,” Mindy Ruckman of the Illinois Policy Institute stated at her Springfield office.  “For the past 40 years public sector workers rights have been violated.  They had money syphoned away from them to go to forced union dues.”

AFSCME Council 31 spokesperson Joanne Webb-Gauven told WAND News the union will continue to fight for its members.

“No court case will ever stop our movement,” Webb-Gauven said.  “This is nothing more than a political attack by wealthy corporate interests and anti-worker politicians like Bruce Rauner.”

“I’m not anti-union,” Governor Rauner told reporters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court.  “I am pro worker.  Pro worker choice and pro worker freedom and I am pro taxpayer.”

Kristen Nolen works in the Division of Vital Records for the Illinois Department of Public Health in Springfield and is an AFSCME member.

“Every single challenge presents an opportunity for us in the union.  We have never backed down,” Nolen told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  “My coworkers and I are all covered by the contract and we all benefit from its provisions.  So, we believe everyone should pay their fair part.”

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