In a report recently published in the latest issue of New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, Bridges Center Faculty Associate Amy Hagopian (Associate Professor, UW Global Health) and UW Epidemiology PhD student Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot assess the impacts of the recent United States Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME decision on public health.
The article is titled "Right-to-Work-for-Less: How Janus v. AFSCME Threatens Public Health." From the article abstract:
In February 2018, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case poised to make right-to-work (or, as some call it, right-to-work-for-less) the law in the public sector. At issue is the constitutionality of requiring non-union members, who benefit from collective bargaining, to pay fees that support contract negotiations on the terms and conditions of their employment. We argue that a win for Janus would threaten public health by eroding organized labor’s power to improve working conditions. Furthermore, we critique the dubious legal theory underpinning Janus’s case and describe the moneyed political interests backing his legal representation. Finally, we chart a path forward for labor organizing in a post-Janus world, drawing inspiration from the winter 2018 educators’ strike in West Virginia. Regardless of how Janus itself is decided, the issues raised in this article remain crucial because the ongoing weakening of unions by legislative and judicial means undermines workers’ health and exacerbates inequities.
To read the full report, visit the New Solutions website.