The Supreme Court’s recent Janus v. AFSCME decision has raised questions about how it will affect employers’ approach to contract negotiations, including what leverage unions will have with their companies. In order to prepare for the effects of the ruling, many unions cut budgets and asked their members to sign cards pledging their commitment to the union.

“If, because of Janus, unions have – or are perceived to have – less money in the bank, less support from politicians, or a lack of engaged membership, they may have less power at the table in terms of their ability to put pressure on the employer,” said Ballard Spahr Partner and labor and employment attorney Shannon Farmer.

As a result, Farmer says unions could be less likely to strike or have a politicians siding with them and employers would be less likely to agree to union demands. 

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