Will Teachers’ Strikes Happen More Often in a Post-Janus World?
Could an upcoming decision by the U.S. Supreme Court justices lead to more labor unrest?
West Virginia—where a statewide teachers’ strike just finished after nine days—and Oklahoma—where discussions of an impending statewide strike are happening now—are two of 28 right-to-work states. That means teachers there are not required to pay dues to their union unless they choose to become members. In the other 22 states, public-employee unions are allowed to charge “agency” or “fair-share” fees to workers who choose not to join. The idea is that they are still represented in collective bargaining and should have to pay something for that.