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H.R. 6238 (115th): Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act of 2018

About the bill

Should employees covered by a union be allowed to forego paying their dues if they disagree with the union?


Mark Janus works for Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services as a child support specialist. But Janus opposed many of the policies and positions held by the union which was supposed to represent him. He refused to pay his mandatory union dues of $535 per year, in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

The Court last month, in their 5–4 decision Janus v. AFSCME, ruled in Janus’s favor: public-sector employees can no longer be forced to pay fees to the union which represented them. This overturned a 41-year unanimous precedentwhich had made such payments mandatory.

What the bill does

The Public Service …

Sponsor and status

Matthew “Matt” Cartwright

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 27, 2018
Length: 26 pages
Jun 27, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 27, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


47 Cosponsors (46 Democrats, 1 Republican)



Jun 27, 2018

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H.R. 6238 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6238. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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