Info About Your Rights

The Janus case, or “right-to-work” laws, are simple.

Public employees can no longer be forced to financially support a union that they do not want to be a member of. Generally speaking, workers are still covered under their bargaining agreements (this is known as “exclusive representation” and it is something unions fight for) and the contract will still apply.

Approximately 5 million unionized government workers in 22 states are impacted by the Janus decision.

Currently, 28 states already grant the “right-to-work” without forced unionization to most or all public workers, while about 5 million workers in the 22 states without these right-to-work laws still had to pay their unions regardless of whether not the unions are serving their best interests. The Janus case changed that – all public employees now have a choice.

Government unions have sent their own members to collections for deciding to stop paying dues.

One union said it would use “any legal means” to combat members who want to leave. Choose your state above to find how you can opt out and let us know if you have any problems.

Workers could technically already opt out of union membership, but they still had to pay to support union activities.

It’s true that unionized public employees could already choose not to technically be members of the union organized in their workplace. However, these employees were still forced to financially support the unions by paying them what’s typically called an “agency fee” — supposedly for funding general operation costs for the union, but often used for political purposes some members do not support. A ruling in favor of Janus means that public employees can no longer be forced to financially support a union that they do not want to be a member of.

Teachers don’t need a union to have insurance.

Liability insurance can be purchased individually, and there are many options available for employees who choose to resign their union membership, including the Association of American Educators, who already insure thousands of teachers nationwide.