A Supreme Court decision is expected shortly in the Janus case, in which an Illinois government employee has challenged the constitutionality of unions collecting agency fees.
While a previous Supreme Court decision was clear that agency fee collections are lawful, we have been advised by competent legal counsel to exercise an abundance of caution in this matter. Therefore, we, and many other unions will stop collecting agency fees on June 1, 2018 and will continue to abstain from the practice until the case is decided in our favor or a decision permits us to resume collecting agency fees.
In accordance with our decision to halt the collection of agency fees, we have also removed, or will be removing, any material from the website related to services provided to agency fee payers or marketing materials directed towards them.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our actions. However, the situation is not of our making. Our decision to halt agency fee collections seems to us to be the most prudent approach until the case is resolved.
Letters are being sent to all affected agency fee unit members who use payroll deduction. College payroll departments are also being advised of our decision. We urge all those working under MCCC contracts to become union members. Click here to review the benefits of membership in MCCC.
President Claudine Barnes
The Board of Directors