ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The state worker who fought relentlessly and won a Supreme Court case banning mandatory union fees nationwide, is now leaving the public sector.
Mark Janus has opted for a job with the Illinois Policy Institute; a conservative think tank which helped fund the monumental case.
AFSCME union leaders say they’re not shocked at all by the announcement. They believe the move only proves what they’ve said all along: It was never about Janus; it’s about the powerful elites backing him.
Janus will join IPI as a senior fellow. The group released a statement Janus will be touring the country to make sure workers understand their rights and share the importance of his Supreme Court case: Janus v. AFSCME.
Union members say they believe the group and wealthy backers are continuing a war on unions, but believe members won’t be swayed.
IPI has launched a website to encourage workers to opt out of their unions. IPI’s director says he’s thrilled to have Janus join the team and believes he will have invaluable insight. Janus says he’s looking forward to the new gig.
Governor Bruce Rauner, who championed the fight to end mandatory union fees and often hired his staff from IPI, said he was unaware of Janus’ hiring.
In response to AFSCME’s remarks, the IPI issued this statement from Janus himself:
I’m looking forward to spending the remainder of my career fighting for a cause I believe in. I hope my personal experience will help workers truly understand their choice. And I’m thrilled to do this work with the Illinois Policy Institute and the Liberty Justice Center, who have been supporters of my case since the very beginning.