PRESS | Following Janus Decision, The Buckeye Institute Blazes Trail in Suing for Immediate Recognition of Workers’ First Amendment Rights

Columbus, OH – Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision, The Buckeye Institute filed two separate lawsuits and corresponding preliminary injunctions calling for an immediate end to the laws that force public-sector employees to accept their union’s representation.

Both cases question the constitutionality of compelled “exclusive representation” and have been filed respectively in the 1) United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on June 27 (with a preliminary injunction filed on July 23) and in the 2) United States District Court for the District of Minnesota on July 6 (with a preliminary injunction filed on July 31).

“The Janus decision was an important victory for hardworking public servants across the country, but many of these same employees are still forced to accept their union’s representation that they didn’t ask for and do not want,” said Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute and a lead attorney for both plaintiffs. “The two cases The Buckeye Institute has filed call on the courts to immediately end compelled ‘exclusive representation.’ These capable public servants have the right to speak for themselves and should be released from forced association with unions and advocacy with which they disagree.”

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