Aaron Tang

Aaron Tang is acting-professor of law at the University of California, Davis. He is a former public school teacher, a graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School, and a recent law clerk to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court. Follow him on Twitter @AaronTangLaw.

Recent Articles

A Tax Cut for Workers and Financial Security for Their Unions

And a way that organized labor can mitigate the damage from the Janus decision

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As the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Lee Saunders does more for America’s working class families in one day than I have done in a lifetime. So when he writes an op-ed criticizing a legislative proposal that I and others have advanced to undo the devastating effects of the Supreme Court’s decision against public-sector unions in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 , everyone—myself included—should pay serious attention. The proposal is known as direct reimbursement. To understand how it works, begin with the premise that unions produce, on average, a 17 percent wage premium for the workers they represent. Before Janus , workers received all 17 percent in their paychecks, but were required to send 2 percent to the union to support its collective bargaining–related costs. Janus held that this required payment violates the First Amendment rights of objecting workers. The result for unions is severe. For example, AFSCME...