SUPREME COURT TIE 4-4 ON UNION ISSUE…
& Why This Concerns You, Your Future and Your VOTE for US PRESIDENT!
Your Political Involvement to Support Our Labor Friendly Candidates
who will fight for your Collective Bargaining Rights is immensely
The recent Supreme Court tie ruling March 29th couldn’t confirm this
point more…Right To Work Legislation IS being fought all the way to the
US Supreme Court! The late Justice Scalia was expected to Vote along
with his fellow 4 conservative Justices, to strike down the requirement
in 23 'Right to Work State' requiring that non-union public workers
contribute to the cost of collective bargaining when holding a union
collectively bargained position. If conservatives have their way,
they will cripple our ability to exist by making Union Membership an
option; Optional Union Dues!
If the 40 year old Supreme Court precedent allowing Unions to impose fee
requirements on Non-members who work and benefit from a Unions
Collective Bargaining Agreements were to be overturned, then all unions
including Local 537 would be at risk.
In 2014 only 11% of Americans belonged to a Union. If this ruling went
the other way and 23 states no longer required public workers to
contribute to a union on the guise of free speech, then the 11% of the
country who fight for our way of life would most certainly be reduced by
half! Right to Work Legislation is a conscious effort to break up all
Unions. Unions Collectively Bargain the fair living wage and benefits
packages which set the scale for all sectors of the working middle
class; wages for union and all non-union workers are affected with our
negotiated wage packages. Look at how difficult it is to even increase
America's standard of minimum wage requirements! Unions fight for all
cost of living increases across the board!
Unions are the LAST strong hold in the country to secure and protect
workers’ rights! Our right to bargain collectively is our only power!
Brothers and Sisters, This November Your Future is at Stake! Due to
the Republican Stall Tactics being played out in the US Senate
preventing our current President from appointing a Justice to the
Supreme Court, THE NEXT PRESIDENT ELECTED THIS NOVEMBER WILL APPOINT THE NEXT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE!
The Vote just held in the Supreme Court March 29th, revealed how the
Justices Think! The Conservative Appointed Justices Voted against our
Union Rights and the Liberal Appointed Justices Voted to Support Union
Rights! The Court now stands in a dead tie on most issues effecting
your family; Not only Labors Rights, but Women’s Rights and Health Care
Access as well.
HOW YOU AND YOUR FAMILY VOTE IN NOVEMBER WILL AFFECT YOUR LIFE FOREVER!
You may not like either candidate but chances are you will never have the opportunity to become their buddy!
The bases for your PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IS SIMPLE – Vote To Elect a Like-Minded Candidate!
Vote for A Leader who has a Proven Track Record for Protecting Workers Rights!
Be Extremely Cautious of a candidate who openly states he will make
America More Competitive with China! How? The only way how is to reduce
workers rights and lower our wage and benefit structure…that’s how!
THE NEXT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE APPOINTMENT
IS VITAL TO OUR WAY OF LIFE AND YOUR FAMILY'S SURVIVAL!
A National 'Right To Work' Policy Supported By The US Supreme Court will
see the end of your Collective Bargaining Rights and Your Union!
NEW YORK TIMES By ADAM LIPTAK MARCH 29, 2016.
Victory for Unions as Supreme Court, Scalia Gone, Ties 4-4
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court
handed organized labor a major victory on Tuesday, deadlocking 4 to 4
in a case that had threatened to cripple the ability of public-sector
unions to collect fees from workers who chose not to join and did not
want to pay for the unions’ collective bargaining activities.
It was the starkest illustration yet of how the sudden death of Justice
Antonin Scalia last month has blocked the power of the court’s four
remaining conservatives to move the law to the right.
A ruling allowing workers to refuse to pay the fees would have been the
culmination of a decades-long campaign by a group of prominent
conservative foundations aimed at weakening unions that represent
teachers and other public employees. Tuesday’s deadlock denied them that
victory, but it set no precedent and left the door open for further
challenges once the Supreme Court is back at full strength.
When the case was argued in January, the court’s conservative majority
seemed ready to say that forcing public workers to support unions they
had declined to join violates the First Amendment. Justice Scalia’s
questions were consistently hostile to the unions.
His death changed the balance of power in this case, and most likely in many others….
“We know the wealthy extremists who pushed this case want to limit
the ability for workers to have a voice, curb voting rights and restrict
opportunities for women and immigrants,” said Mary Kay Henry, the
president of the Service Employees International Union.
USA TODAY Unions Dodge a Supreme Court Bullet
Article posted 3/29/16
Washington - Conservatives bent on crippling the power of public
employee unions lost their best opportunity in years Tuesday when the
Supreme Court deadlocked over a challenge to the fees those unions
collect from non-members...
That was a major victory for the unions and the court's four liberal
justices following Justice Antonin Scalia's death last month. During oral argument in January,
it had appeared almost certain that the court would strike down the
requirement in 23 states that teachers and government workers contribute
to the cost of collective bargaining, even if they disagree with their
The justices could have rescheduled the case for when the court is back
to full strength. But that could take a year or more, because Senate
Republicans have refused to consider President Obama's nomination of
federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to replace Scalia….
The case, ‘Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association’, signified a
major threat to public employee unions that represent nearly 36% of
government workers — far more than the plummeting average for unions
overall. Only 11% of Americans belonged to unions in 2014…
The battle had divided the nation almost equally between states where
laws govern collective bargaining for public workers and those where
workers can't be forced to join unions or contribute to them.
Defenders of the current system contended that so-called "right to work"
laws, in states mostly led by Republicans, lead to inferior education
and public services. Average test scores are lower for students in those
states on fourth- and eighth-grade math and reading proficiency tests.
A brief filed by 21 states led by Democrats said fair-share fees lead to
improved government efficiency and labor peace, because states can
negotiate with just one union and strikes are more easily averted.
Moreover, a brief submitted on behalf of public safety unions said a defeat "risks setting in motion a union 'death spiral'
— as membership drops, the union will have to increase dues to cover
its expenses, which will create further incentives for additional
workers to quit the union."…
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