Sometime in the next few days, the decision in the Supreme Court case Janus vs. AFSCME will shape the future of public sector unions by determining if agency fees are legal. This is a big deal, especially for teachers’ unions. They stand to lose loads of money if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Janus.
Earlier this month, we released a slide deck report to inform the ongoing conversations about Janus and its outcome. Here are seven key facts from “Overview of the History and Status of Teachers’ Unions“ to help you understand union membership trends, teachers’ unions specifically, and the meaning of those pesky agency fees.
- Union membership has been declining for a long time
Union membership peaked in the mid-1950s when 35 percent of wage and salary workers were in a union compared to only 11 percent today.
2. But it is mostly declining because of private sector workers
3. Yet there are still lots of unionized workers in lots of states
In 26 states, more than one-quarter of public sector employees are in a union. In 11 states, more than half are. Continue reading