Speaking of upcoming court hearings and precedential decisions, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear oral arguments in the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) on February 26 according to the court’s February hearings calendar, just released on Wednesday. The Janus case, coming out of Illinois, presents SCOTUS with the third opportunity to settle the question of Right to Work and whether an Illinois law allowing public sector unions to charge fees to non-members for collective bargaining activities violates that employee’s First Amendment rights of free speech. For years, unions have collected these “fees”, generating significant monies for organized labor and have often used the funds for political and/or grassroots campaigns with which the non-member employee funder may not agree. The first time the issue was argued before the court, SCOTUS did not rule on the specifics, while the second came in the wake of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the incomplete court deadlocked 4-4 on the issue. Third time’s a charm??