Abood did not abide.1
As I explained elsewhere,2 teachers unions and union activism will survive the Janus decision that ends mandatory representation fees for public employees who are not members of unions that represent their bargaining unit.3 When I was thinking about the post-Janus world, I thought primarily of the broader strategies of unions that could no longer function on semi-autopilot with agency fees, at least in terms of their relationships with bargaining units.4
But less than a week later, we are also seeing the potential legal response by teachers unions, in Florida.
- Abood was the 1970s Supreme Court ruling that mandatory representation fees do not violate the rights of public-employees who are represented by unions but not members. Yes, I’m willing to go this far for a bad pun. [↩]
- Note for 7/2: I have some edits I need to make to that piece, primarily adding sources that I didn’t have the chance to add last week. [↩]
- Yes, that’s a mouthful. Every part of that is required. [↩]
- This is not necessarily what many unions did, but it is a temptation, to treat the relationship as transactional. [↩]