Union workers to rally over Supreme Court case
STAMFORD — A rally scheduled for noon today at the Stamford Government Center seeks to raise awareness about a case going before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, No. 16-1466, concerns Mark Janus, who works for the state government in Illinois and is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. According to a report from the New York Times, Janus sued the union saying he does not agree with its positions and should not be forced to pay fees to support its work.
The court will consider whether public-sector unions may require workers who are not members to help pay for collective bargaining, also known as “fair-share fees.” If the court’s answer is no, unions would probably lose a substantial source of revenue, NYT said.
Rallies are scheduled to be held across Connecticut Monday in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford and at the University of Connecticut main campus in Storrs. State and local officials are expected to attend the rallies, and Stamford Mayor David Martin is an anticipated speaker in Stamford. State Rep. Terry Adams (D-Stamford), who also sits on the Stamford Board or Representatives, is also expected to attend the local rally.