Supreme Court Decision/ Union Dues

Jul 7, 2014 by

The U.S. Supreme Court made a supremely wrong decision when it narrowly ruled that some public workers who benefit from union negotiations and protections don’t need to bother paying for them.


A handful of home-care aides in Illinois, (maybe not so much disgruntled as cheap and ungrateful), who want it both ways, enjoyed seeing their wages almost double in a decade, and had no problem accepting the trophies of health insurance, safety improvements in their workplace and the professional support and training that were a direct result of collective bargaining.
But they want to be part of the collection of beneficiaries of union dues without being a part of the collection of dues-payers members.
Tricky. And ballsy.
They just felt it was coming to them and in a perfect world, dues-payers would carry the freight for them. But we don’t live in a perfect world.

The conservative majority of Supreme Court judges, whose “right to starve” discipleship sits well with their “right to work” philosophy, seized upon the opportunity to treat this case as a prologue to a sordid drama of a larger sinister agenda: the reduction of the middle-class to serfdom.

Of course their doctrine is camouflaged in legal language and crafted to sound impeccably reasoned. But it is unreasonable and reactionary.

Justice Alito deplored the “indefensible…aggressive use of (union) power” in the union’s position that all its beneficiaries bear a “fair share” of the fruits that the union has won for them. Alito used the precise phrases “generally insufficient” and “something of an anomaly” with keen inexactness to blunt the razor-edged opposing argument.

The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown lye into the eyes of the people who are the backbone of our country and who grew up with the eroding notion that it rewards us all equally with the dignity of voice and self-determination.

Ron Isaac

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