by Ann C. Hodges, Professor of Law Emerita, University of Richmond
*This is part of ACSblog's Symposium on Janus v. AFSCME
With oral argument scheduled February 26 and Justice Gorsuch on the bench, conventional wisdom is that the Supreme Court is poised to reverse forty years of precedent in Janus v. AFSCME. Janus is one piece of a longstanding campaign by conservative groups to reduce the power of unions.The desires of many conservatives to weaken unions by removing their power to collect fees from employees they are compelled by law to represent appear to have blinded them to the potential unintended consequences of Janus. A brief filed by conservative scholars, however, reveals that some are beginning to awaken to the potential for Janus to disrupt existing constitutional doctrine, the ability of government employers to control their workforces, and stable labor relations in the United States.