Supreme Court Legislates from the Bench Against Unions in Janus V. AFSCME Decision

Published: Jun 27 2018 12:51PM

Today’s Supreme Court decision, brought to us by the appointment of the most recent Justice, Neil Gorsuch, accelerates the rapid ruin of the American economy. It broadens the gap between the wealthy and the rest of us. Rich people gain more power, strength, and billions of dollars. The rest of us get less. That’s what this is about.
The wealthy are emblazoned. They currently have all the control. They have the government. They have even lower taxes than they did before. And now they are even more free to pay their workers less.

Today’s ruling will further skew the campaign finance imbalance favoring corporations. In the 2015-16 election cycle, business outspent labor 16 to 1 in the Presidential, Senate and House elections -- $3.4 billion to $213 million – according to the non-profit, nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Our voice is being choked by wealth and greed.

Today was an unabashed assault on people who are trying to make it in America. It was an assault on workers. On rights. On protections in the workplace. It is an attack on seniority. On wages. On benefits. On retirement. The boss won today. The Hunter Harrisons of the world. The rich men. The fat cats.

Our Brotherhood will steadfastly support our public sector workers. Teachers, emergency service employees, government workers of all stripes. The controlling officials of this country may be bound to their corporate honchos, but the workers of this country will increasingly come together. It has already started with teacher strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, and it will grow stronger.

Laborers of all kinds will organize. We will promote strength in unity. That has always been the only battle plan that works. Our power is in numbers. There is no room for pessimism. For snark. The way forward for the worker is through organization.

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