The Illinois state worker behind the Supreme Court’s landmark Janus decision is asking the highest court to recoup his union fees. (Fox News)
In this most recent case, Janus v. AFSCME III, plaintiff Mark Janus is asking for the union to pay back fees it took from his paycheck before the landmark ruling in his 2018 case. He claims that the Supreme Court’s ruling should be retroactive, echoing other claims that have been made in federal court, including a sweeping class action that was filed in California last year.
“The Supreme Court agreed that the union taking money from nonmembers was wrong but the union still has the money it illegally garnished from my paycheck,” Janus said in a press release through the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, one of the organizations handling his case.
Janus is seeking the return of about $3,000 in fees taken from his paycheck between 2013 and 2018.
“Mark Janus is just one of many public employees whose money was illegally taken by government unions,” said Patrick Hughes, Liberty Justice Center president and co-founder. Liberty Justice Center is the other group working on Janus’ case.
In 2018, SCOTUS ruled in Mark Janus’ favor, declaring mandatory union fees for govt workers illegal. We’re back in court with Mark this AM, arguing why he deserves a refund of the $3K in illegal fees taken from his paycheck since 2013. https://t.co/QSEHwWMgIt
— Liberty Justice Center (@LJCenter) September 20, 2019
It is unclear if the Supreme Court will hear Janus’ latest appeal.