This week American’s, or at least patriots, celebrated two independence day. The first being the Supreme Courts ruling to end forced union dues and the second, of course, being the 4th of July.
The Washington Post called this a “devastating, if not unexpected, loss for public-employee unions”. Adding that, “the most vital component of organized labor and a major player in Democratic Party politics. Major public-employee unions pour millions into independent campaigns, largely to bolster Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, and their members are steadfast participants in sophisticated get-out-the-vote efforts on Election Day.”
So yeah, Democrats lost a cash-cow and they’re pretty upset about it but SCOTUS’s ruling is in favor to the American right of association.
According to Politico, the Trump administration sided against public employee unions Wednesday evening in a Supreme Court case that could deal the labor movement a crippling financial blow.
In a brief submitted in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the Office of Solicitor General sided with a child-support specialist for the state of Illinois who’s challenging AFSCME’s legal right to collect so-called “fair-share fees” from union nonmembers.
The Freedom Foundation won a smaller but similar ruling in state court four years ago. Since then, his group has been trying to spread the word, but the unions have blocked access to personal contact information. Some of the affected state workers still have not been notified.
Greg Devereux, executive director of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), said his members want their personal information blocked.
“Freedom Foundation cares about one thing, and that’s the power of collective voice of people,” said Devereux, “They don’t like that. That’s why they’re trying to destroy us.”
According to unionstats.com, most of the fallout from the SCOTUS ruling will be in the Northeast and along the West Coast where there are no right-to-work laws. While nationally just one-third of government workers belong to unions, the penetration is much higher in blue coastal states. In New York, 71 percent of public-sector employees pay union dues, followed closely by Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maine, California and Washington State.
Organized labor held rallies last week blasting the court ruling and vowing to only get stronger.