Pennsylvania needs more unions: Janus hurts everyone

If unions lose the Janus case, how will they survive? Best bet is to reinvent themselves as professional associations

Democrats fear that the court's likely ruling with be a blow to the kneecaps for the party's efforts to reclaim congressional control in this year's elections, and the White House in 2020. The Court dismissed Friedrichs by a 4-4 tie vote shortly thereafter.

"This is about a ring-wing conservative ideological attack on working men and women, the middle class and in fact organized labor, the public sector in particular", said Mario Cilento, the president of the state AFL-CIO. "We're going to be there together", Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Schenectady) said. "Since collective bargaining in the public sector is inherently political, it is a blatant violation of the First Amendment rights of public-sector workers".

In particular, Justice Stephen Breyer appeared to be seeking a compromise path - offered up by IL - that would allow a more limited and "very firm line", as Franklin put it, on what types of expenses could be assessed against nonmembers through union fees.

The Trump administration has reversed that stance, sparking criticism from Justice Sonia Sotomayor who said this was the latest in a line of reversals from the new Justice Department.

One effect Janus is already having is creating more engaged workers, as, faced with a shrinking revenue stream, unions get more active in explaining what they do. More than 20 states allow public unions to collect some type of agency fee.

Justice Elena Kagan said the court has never overruled a case where the reliance on precedent has been this great.

Timed to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on Janus v. AFSCME, the Working People's Day of Action - Boston featured speeches by Sen.

While this might be true, main supporters of this Supreme Court case say that workers should have the right to choose whether they pay union fees. That prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to ask for a "best example of something that is negotiated over in a collective bargaining agreement with a public employer that does not present a public policy question".

AFSCME argues that Abood was correctly decided, and fair share fees are important for labor relations and fairness.

"You're basically arguing: Do away with unions", Justice Sonia Sotomayor told a lawyer challenging the fees on behalf of IL government employee Mark Janus. A month after Antonin Scalia's sudden death in 2016, the court reviewed a similar complaint from a California public teacher and reached a 4-4 split decision and leaving the status quo.

At the news conference Monday, the presidents of the New York State AFL-CIO, the New York State United Teachers Union and the executive vice president of CSEA, the civil service employees' union, in New York discussed how damaging a ruling against unions in Janus v.

"These are two openly, openly anti-union groups", Warren said yesterday at an AFL-CIO rally in Boston.

"This is not about dues, it is about workers' rights", said Brown, who has worked for the county-owned facility for 25 years.

That drew a caustic reply from Justice Kennedy, who remarked, "I suppose we could assume that a state is always benefited and is more efficient if it can suppress speech". The union cites previous decisions to argue in a brief that "collection of the fees is justified by States" strong interest in promoting labor peace through collective bargaining and in avoiding the "free rider' incentive that would arise if non-member employees could avoid paying any dues while nevertheless retaining the benefits of representation by an informed and expert negotiator". Members of Teamsters Local 773 and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 956 showed up in numbers, as did activists with Make the Road Pennsylvania, which advocates for Latino communities and progressive causes. They also argued the government should be treated in this instance as an employer, a role that would give it more rights to limit employees' speech. "The reality is that we don't know what Justice Gorsuch's opinion is on this topic".

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