PORAC FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPREME COURT CASE ON FAIR SHARE FEES
On January 19, 2018, PORAC, leading a coalition of fourteen other public safety unions and associations (representing nearly a half million public safety employees nationwide, including the National Association of Police Organizations and local organizations from California to New York), filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in the case Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 in support of AFSCME. The lawyers at Messing Adam & Jasmine organized the effort and filed the PORAC brief along with co-counsel at the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.
The issue that Janus presents is a familiar one for readers of PORAC Law Enforcement News: whether public sector unions may charge "agency fees" (also known as "fair share fees") to nonmember employees in order to cover the costs of negotiating for those employees, representing those employees in grievances, etc. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on February 26, 2018, and a decision is expected later this year.