Janus decision anniversary

Mailee Smith: Illinois Policy Institute

The Annie Frey Show
June 26, 2019 - 2:46 pm

Mailee Smith from the Illinois Policy Institute joined Tim Jones to discuss the Janus decision from one year ago.  How has it affected workers in Illinois? 

Smith says union dues don't end up in the workers' pockets, "17 cents of every dollar that AFSCME spent was on representing workers."

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Here's what you need to know: 

  • Available data shows Illinoisans are exercising their rights: In total, more than 8,000 government workers represented by AFSCME Council 31 stopped sending money to their union. Also, more than 6,800 employees represented by the Illinois Federation of Teachers stopped sending money to the union. 
  • In a state serving as ground zero for the case, Mark’s story resonated: Illinois is one of a few states affected by the decision where union membership shrunk from 2017 to 2018. In total, membership in unions shrank 3% in Illinois, while non-membership of unions increased by 84%. 
  • Original Illinois Policy research shows that in 2018, AFSCME Council 31, spent just 17 cents of every dollar on worker representation. The rest was used for overhead, politics and other leadership priorities. In addition, some areas of Illinois are barely represented. In the last five years, IFT directed 57 times more money to Chicago-area affiliates than it did to its affiliates south of I-80.