Bloomberg Law
June 26, 2020, 10:15 AM

Unions Fend Off Membership Exodus in 2 Years Since Janus Ruling

Ian Kullgren
Ian Kullgren
Aaron Kessler
Aaron Kessler
Investigative Data Journalist

Public-sector unions were largely able to stave off a membership exodus in the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court barred them from collecting mandatory fees, according to a Bloomberg Law analysis of federal disclosures.

The court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME on June 27, 2018 that unions could no longer collect mandatory “fair share” fees to cover the costs of collective bargaining, reversing a 40-year precedent that let unions charge partial dues. These agency fee payers, as they were known, paid a lower rate than full members, whose dues also support the union’s political activity. But the high court ...

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