by Lowman S. Henry | January 22, 2019

(Harrisburg, PA) – Mark Janus, the plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision that affirmed the First Amendment right of public sector workers not to be forced to join a labor union as a condition of employment will address the 2019 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference.   The 30th anniversary PLC will be held April 5-6, 2019 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), PA.

Best-selling author Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal will be the featured dinner speaker. Jimmy Kemp for the Jack Kemp Foundation will also address the conference.  Additional speakers and panel topics will announced over the coming weeks.

Mr. Janus will discuss how he took on the powerful public sector unions and ultimately achieved a victory that restored constitutional rights to millions of Americans.  His speech will be followed by a panel presentation on worker rights moderated by David Osborne of the Fairness Center entitled Whose Money Is It, Anyhow?

The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is the premiere gathering of public policy conservatives each year in the Keystone State.  It is the largest and longest-running of the state-based conservative conferences regularly attracting a long list of conservative elected officials, scholars, journalists and activists for two days of speeches, panel presentations, workshops and networking.

Registration for the conference is now open at

Mark Janus is a Senior Fellow at the Liberty Justice Center, where he serves as an advocate and spokesperson for workers’ rights.

As a child support specialist for the Illinois state government, Mark courageously took on one of the most powerful political forces in the country: the public employee unions. Mark fought for his First Amendment rights – and the rights of more than 5 million other government workers – all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court with his case, Janus v. AFSCME.  Mark’s bravery resulted in the single greatest victory for First Amendment rights in a generation.

Now, Mark serves as a leader spreading the message of worker freedom through his personal story. Mark has been and will continue to be a tremendous advocate for government workers.

Registration for the conference is now open at