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The Supreme court ruling on Wednesday that the government workers can not be forced to contribute to the unions that represent them, in the tariff negotiations, a serious blow to the trade unions of public service marks, and put the future of the organized labor movement in the United States in danger.
The 5-4 decision in Janus vs. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – which scrapped the 41-year-old decision that allowed it to require the States to pay public workers some of the fees to the unions that represent them, was immediately slammed by trade Union leaders as a blow for the working class Americans.
“In this case, a narrow majority of the court, over the vigorous opposition of four judges, has admitted that the dark power of corporations and wealthy donors who want to take the freedoms of the working people and” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. “[I]t is to further strengthen the corporate elites in their efforts to thwart the hopes of millions of working people stand together for a better life.”
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While the union membership on the decline for decades, that their power remained in the public sector. Of the 16 percent of the U.S. employees work in the public sector, more than a third are still unionized, compared to just over six per cent in the private sector, according to the Bureau of labor Statistics.
The Union argues that the so-called fair-share fees for collective bargaining and other work of the union, on behalf of all employees, not just their members. More than half of the States already have right-to-work laws that prohibit compulsory fees, but the majority of the members of the public employee unions are focused on States, not including California, New York and Illinois.
The unions say the result could affect more than five million euros of government employees in about two dozen States and the District of Columbia
Labor leaders fear that they will stop not only to employees, not to stop belong to a union, payment of fees, but that some union could decide to, fees, if they could, essentially, obtain the union representation to pay for you for free.
A recent study by Frank Manzo of the Illinois Public Policy Institute and the Robert Bruno of the University of Illinois at Urbana-estimated Champaign, that in the public sector, the unions could lose more than 700,000 members, which could, over time, as a result of the decision, and the unions and a loss of political influence that could be affected by the wages push.
Organized labor is a strong supporter of the Democratic party-and vehemently-President of the Trump nomination last year, the justice Neil from gorsuch, who was a decisive factor in the Wednesday ruling.
As expected, the judgment of the Supreme court drew a strong rebuke from Democratic legislators across the country.
“The court’s decision today undermines the fundamental American region, to be held by the courts for more than four decades, that if a Union, all employees in the negotiation and administration represents a collective agreement, then all employees should share the costs of the representation,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said in a press release.
The judgment, however, is not met to do a long-standing desire on the part of Trump and conservative, away with the fair share fee members have to pay for the unions in 22 States, as the court declared that the laws violated the First Amendment by compelling workers to labor unions, with which they may disagree.
“Great news today for America’s civil servants, such as teachers, police officers and firefighters, who are not forced to join a Union or to support political organization and financially, the leadership that you do not agree to,” house majority whip Steve Scalise, R-La., tweeted on Wednesday. “This is a victory for freedom of speech!”
Great news today for America’s civil servants, such as teachers, police officers and firefighters, who are not forced to join a Union or to support political organization and financially, the leadership that you agree with. This is a victory for free speech! https://t.co/28tPQbagdd
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@Steve Scalise) June 27, 2018
Despite the concern over the decline of their membership and their political power, the experts say to organized labor that in the long run, the Supreme court ruling not as a destructive factor for the trade unions, as some make it out.
Daniel DiSalvo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, noted that cutting away with a fair share fees in EU funds, but EU heads of state and government will adapt and find other ways of funding their initiatives.
“It is not a nail in the coffin for these unions,” DiSalvo told Fox News, noting that only a few States like new York and California, with the major trade unions in the public service, the main burden of the decision feel. “You are still great and you will still be powerful. Overnight, the public unions in those States are not going anywhere.”
The Associated Press contributed reporting to this piece.