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Supreme Court reverses landmark Michigan case, dealing blow to public sector unions

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The Supreme Court issued a landmark decision Wednesday in the case Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31. AFSCME is the largest public sector union in the country.

In a 5-4 decision, the conservative majority held that public sector workers who are represented by unions cannot be required to pay any union dues.

Joseph Slater, a professor of law at the University of Toledo, joined Stateside to discuss the majority’s opinion, Justice Kagan’s dissent, and what this decision means for public sector unions in right-to-work states like Michigan and those without right-to-work laws. 

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