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ANALYSIS: Two Years Later, Are Public Unions Outlasting Janus?

Feb. 25, 2021, 12:53 PM

In Roman mythology, Janus is a god with two faces: one looking ahead and one looking behind. In U.S. labor law, Janus is shorthand for the Supreme Court ruling that placed right-to-work-style limits upon union fee collection in government workplaces. It’s been more than two years since the judicial Janus, and January’s release of annual Bureau of Labor Statistics data provides a look back at how public-sector unions have fared and offers a chance to look ahead at what may be in store.

The Objectives Behind Janus

The June 2018 ruling Janus v. Am Fed’n of State, Cty., & ...