Skip to comments.Supreme Court takes up case that will devastate public sector unions
Posted on 09/28/2017 1:29:39 PM PDT by PROCON
In what is all but certain to be a terrible blow to organized labor, the Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case seeking to defund public sector unions. The case presents an issue that was recently before the Court, and where the justices split 4-4 along party lines.
Now that Neil Gorsuch occupies the seat that Senate Republicans held open for more than a year until Donald Trump could fill it, he holds the fifth vote to deliver a staggering blow to the union movement.
The issue in Janus involves what are sometimes referred to as agency fees or fair share fees. As ThinkProgress explained when this issue was last before the Court:
Unions are required by law to bargain on behalf of every worker in a unionized shop, even if those workers opt not to join the union. As such, non-members receive the same higher wages (one study found that workers in unionized shops enjoy a wage premium of nearly 12 percent) and benefits enjoyed by their coworkers who belong to the union.
Absent something else, this arrangement would create a free-rider problem, because individual workers have little incentive to join the union if they know they will get all the benefits of unionizing regardless of whether they reimburse the union for its costs. Eventually, unions risk becoming starved for funds and collapsing, causing the workers once represented by a union to lose the benefits of collective bargaining.
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The corrupt unions are the democrats most loyal donors.
Next I'd like to see mandatory union membership, (as required in many states), be overturned.
As long as Kennedy doesn’t switch sides...
“they will get all the benefits of unionizing regardless of whether they reimburse the union for its costs.”
By “all the benefits” does this union mouthpiece mean like spending millions of dollars of union dues on campaigns of far left politicians? Or paying thugs from union dues to beat up or harass nonmembers or employers?
ThinkProgress = ThinkHardCoreLeftists.
We’re linking to “Think Progress” now? But yes, this is huge. This sound exactly like the kind of stuff we hire Gorsuch to rule on.
Well, we can hope.
I despise unions.
“As long as Kennedy doesnt switch sides...”
It’s not Kennedy we have to worry about. Time to remind Roberts that the left owns him and will destroy him with whatever it is they have on him.
When they’re, (the left) losing, then yes, the link shows their fear, and our celebration.
Payback’s a bitch, ain’t it?
Public sector unions should be illegal...it creates an inherent conflict of interest (government gives union what it wants in return for support and contributions at election time). In Virginia the NEA is a ‘professional association’ and has no collective bargaining rights. As a professional association they can still make political contributions...they cannot reach into the public till and they cannot force teachers to join. (Private sector unions are arguably different in that they have a theoretical ‘arms length’ relationship with private sector employers and can not directly steal money from taxpayers.)
Time for unions to go the way of the defined benefit plan - almost gone.
Government employees should never have been allowed to be formed whereas, taxpayers are the ones who are held hostage to cover the expense which in turn the dims use against the people.
Stop, you’re killing me here, LOL!
Public section unions should be completely illegal.
Serving in USGov needs to be service to USians, not their own pocket books. Those who don’t want to serve, can get a real job, outside of USGov, which can be unionized.
I belonged to a law enforcement union. They took out the dues every two weeks whether I was a member or not. Out of protest, I resigned from the union, only to find out that my vision care and dental plans were tied to the union contract. With two teen sons, I had no choice but to sign back up. The union never did a damn thing for me. Anything I ever won from any grievance I had, I did it on my own, without any representation from them. They were worthless then, and they’re probably still worthless now to the officers who are still working. When I retired in 2003, they tried to get me to join the Retiree’s Association. Screw them.