Prof. Hayes: Unions Have Been Preparing for a Case Like Janus, But Impact Still Unclear


Interviewed on Maryland Public Television’s State Circle, University of Baltimore School of Law Associate Prof. Michael Hayes says that while the recent Janus v. AFSCME decision in the U.S. Supreme Court broke 40 years of labor-law precedent, the result is not shocking to those inside public-sector unions.

“Unions have been preparing for this for a few years,” Hayes said, noting that some have been readying their members for a result like the one in Janus—in which public-sector unions can no longer compel their members to pay dues in order to receive representation.

Prof. Hayes said it’s not clear what the impact of the case will be on union membership across the country, but some experts are predicting a significant drop in participation rates.

Watch the MPT interview (starts at 19:33).

Learn more about Prof. Hayes.

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