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For Release — June 27, 2018

Business Council statement on landmark SCOTUS ruling
Janus decision is a huge victory for employee freedom, but the impact in New York is likely limited

ALBANY, N.Y.—“Today’s decision by the U.S Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME is a welcome victory for employee choice and freedom of speech,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “Unfortunately for many New Yorkers directly affected by this issue, the impact of the decision will be limited due to a last-minute provision tucked into the recently adopted state budget. The provision significantly limits an employee’s timeframe and ability to opt-out of dues deductions, all but eliminating the freedom given to employees in other states thanks to the Janus decision. It will be interesting to see if New York’s attempt to circumvent employee choice will be challenged in court. In the meantime, it is unfortunate that New York lawmakers decided to put politics over their constituents’ ability to freely express themselves.”

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