Celine McNicholas & Heidi Shierholz

Celine McNicholas is the director of labor law and policy at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). 

Heidi Shierholz is the senior economist and director of policy at EPI. 

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Supreme Court Decision in Janus Looms Over Critical Public-Sector Jobs and Public Services

Wealthy donors and corporations backing the plaintiffs have little stake in the public education, social welfare, and other municipal systems that they largely do not use.

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington bureau, outside the Supreme Court as the Court heard arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 in February. I n the last decade, an increasingly energized campaign against workers’ rights has been waged across all levels of government—federal, state, and local. Much of the focus of this anti-worker campaign has been on public-sector workers, specifically state and local government workers. Several states have passed legislation restricting workers’ right to unionize and collectively bargain for better wages and benefits. Beyond these legislative attacks, public-sector workers have been targeted by repeated legal challenges to their unions’ ability to effectively represent them. The Supreme Court will soon issue a decision in the most recent of these challenges, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 . Our new Economic Policy Institute report argues that the decision in Janus will have significant impacts...