Republicans are moving full steam ahead attacking humanity on all fronts. Next week, they will attack collective bargaining using the judicial branch. The conservative majority Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could have a huge impact on labor unions. If the case is decided in favor of the forces of greed, a.k.a the Janus side, it would effectively make union dues optional for public-sector employees, and undermine public unions across the board.
In a nutshell, some guy is saying that his first amendment rights are being infringed upon by having to pay an agency fee to a union who’s political stance he doesn’t agree with. The problem is that when the union bargains for fair pay and fair benefits for an organization’s workers, they win those benefits for every worker, including non-union members.
Imagine if unions won a great pension for their members only, and everyone else just had to take what little management decides to give them. I’m sure Mr. Janus might change his political stance once he noticed that he doesn’t have health insurance or a lunch break, but the union gal in the next cubicle does.
The justices heard a similar case, Friedrichs v. CTA, in 2016, but deadlocked at 4-4 after Justice Antonin “my immigrant Italian family and I benefited from unions without which I probably wouldn’t be on this court” Scalia met an untimely demise before being able to cast the deciding vote in favor of corporate tyranny.
People who inexplicably hate collective bargaining are wasting no time at all trying this course again, probably because it would not only affect unions per see, but because it is a direct attack on the Democratic party. Unions are among the top contributors to Democratic campaigns, having given hundreds of millions of dollars to them in the last four years alone.
Trump has already submitted a brief supporting Janus...go figure.
And since money is considered speech instead of property in these post Citizens United days, it's not certain the court won’t find a way to apply that same principle here, or some other principle that undermines the public good and the pillars of our democracy.
In response, this Friday, thousands of working people are coming out to rally and protest. Their stated purpose is a rally for a just economic system. I think it is implied that collective bargaining helps to anchor a more just system. According to the Working People’s Day of Action site:
"The Working People’s Day of Action is about demanding an end to the rigged economy and defending our freedoms. On February 24, we will stand up for the freedom of working people to come together and fight for decent and equitable pay for our work, affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities and a secure future for all of us."