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  ·   By Kathi Griffin, Dispatch-Argus

Stakes for students high in Janus ruling

This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case that could impact public school students and public education employees statewide.

Janus vs. AFSCME could result in public sector unions being denied the ability to collect fees from all employees benefiting from union representation (“fair share”), regardless of whether the employee officially joins the union.

The stakes for students in Janus are especially high because teachers and education support professionals are the primary advocates for Illinois students and public education. Members of the Illinois Education Association (IEA) consistently use their collective bargaining rights to advocate for the best possible teaching and learning conditions in local schools. Unions advocate for class sizes that make high quality instruction possible, fight for safe and clean school facilities and lobby for adequate funding for public schools.

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