“A lot of these unions have asked for, and received, the ability to inclusively, collectively bargain for everybody,” Mark Janus said during an interview with Albany radio. “Now that this decision has come down, they’re going to have to come out and sell a product, if you will, and they will have to prove to the individuals that there is a definite benefit for being part of the union.”
Janus — who said the decision will save him about $50 a month — said it was more about the issue than the money. He called it “mainly a matter of choice.”
“I did not have a choice when I went to work for the state of Illinois as to whether I wanted to be part of the union,” he said.
The 5-4 Supreme Court decision released Wednesday ruled in Janus’ favor over AFSCME that public sector unions cannot force employees to pay dues unless they affirmatively sign up to be part of the labor organization.
The decision has been blasted by the labor sector and many Democratic officials as a damaging blow to the politically powerful public unions.
“I don’t see it happening at all,” he said, noting the federal government for years has not required forced agency fees and dues. “They are still going to have collective bargaining. They will still have their union membership.”