Union Membership in Janus’ Own State

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Good news comes out of the state of Illinois, the home state of Mark Janus, lead plaintiff in the landmark National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation case, which freed all public sector workers from having to pay dues to an unwanted union.  Mailee Smith has the story on illinoispolicy.org.

Thousands of teachers and other public education workers across Illinois have exercised their right not to join or pay a union in the year following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Janus v. AFSCME.

The latest numbers come from the Illinois Education Association, which reported in a Sept. 27 federal filing that thousands have stopped paying dues or fees since June 30, 2018. While the union experienced a slight uptick in the number of full members, it lost 4,881 dues or fee payers overall – a 3% decline from the previous year.

The Illinois Federation of Teachers also saw a drop in educators sending money to the union. In 2017, the union received dues and fees from 101,046 employees in Illinois. In 2018, that number fell to just 94,229, meaning nearly 7% of educators represented by IFT in 2017 were no longer paying the union by the end of 2018.

Between IEA and IFT, nearly 12,000 educators have stopped paying union dues or fees. Both are seeing fewer educators send money to the union today than before the Janus decision was announced in June 2018.

If a union serves its members it will not have to force people to pay for their services.  If a union does not serve members’ needs they should not be forced to pay for those services.