U. S. Supreme Court Hearing on Union Dues Has California Labor Leaders on Edge

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Crowds line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court to attend the day's session on December 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in Janus vs. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a case likely to have major ramifications for California public employee unions. A decision in favor of the challenger would forbid such unions from charging "fair share" fees for workers who don't want to join but still might benefit from collective bargaining agreements. This would cost California labor organizations thousands of members, millions of dollars and possibly significant political clout. We discuss the implications of Janus vs. AFSCME for California.


Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent, The National Law Journal, author, "The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution"

Scott Shafer, senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government desk

Steven Kreisberg, director of research and collective bargaining, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees)

Daniel Disalvo, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute, author, "Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences"