Detroit Free Press: Marick Masters on Supreme Court's Janus decision

Marick F. Masters, director of Labor@Wayne, professor of business and adjunct professor of political science, wrote an op-ed about this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31 invalidating what’s known as agency shop in the public sector. The majority opinion by Justice Alito held that “The First Amendment is violated when money is taken from nonconsenting employees for a public-sector union.” Masters wrote: “While I disagree with the court’s ruling, I do not subscribe to the prevailing opinion that this case spells disaster for labor unions. Clearly, this is not good news for unions. The  U.S. Supreme Court undercuts much of the logic behind an agency-shop type provision. Its majority opinion argues that neither the alleged goal of labor peace nor the deterrence of free-riding justify compulsory “fair-share” fees among public employees who are represented by a union but nonetheless nonmembers.”

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