The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it granted the plaintiff’s motion for a writ of certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 (i.e., it agreed to hear the case). The issue in the Janus case is identical to the one in Friedrichs last year: whether the Court should overturn Abood and find the taking of fair share fees unconstitutional.
There will be a briefing schedule for both parties, as well as amici (interested parties who are not a part of the litigation but wish to advocate for a particular result), that will last for several months. Finally, oral arguments will be scheduled. Once they are heard, the Court will deliberate and write the decision.
The decision is expected in June, but it could come as early as March. Local 320 will keep you updated as this process continues.