Here we go again.
Ever since the failure of the Friedrichs case, which was fast tracked through accepted losses in lower courts in an effort to be heard by the Supreme Court and was susequently frustrated by the sudden loss of Justice Scalia and a 4-4 split bench, we at ActorsPAC have wondered what will happen next in the effort to squelch unions and their ability to defend the rights of workers.
Enter Janus v. AFSCME.
Dismissed by the 7th Circuit of Chicago this case looks to bring yet another Public Sector Employee case to the Supreme Court, this time with the court balanced 5-4 with Neil Gorsuch as the new Justice.
AFSCME President Lee Saunders said that this is another attempt to limit unions’ power “to negotiate a fair return on our work, provide for our families, and lift up the concerns of all working families.”
Unions are legally obligated to negotiate for wages, hours and working conditions for all workers. The fees collected from workers help to finance the unions’ abilities to do just that. While lawsuits like these *sound* good to the ear (I don’t belong to that union, I don’t believe in that union’s policies, etc, why should I have to give them money?) it’s really just a way to help deplete the funds of the union, which comes from the workers, and dismantle the union(s) altogether.
Needless to say, we will be watching Janus carefully.