Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

On Big Supreme Court Case, the Key Voice Is Silent

On Big Supreme Court Case, the Key Voice Is Silent

Janus was required to pay a "fair share" or "agency" fee to the labor union, which is a private organization, which the Abood case and government policy says has the exclusive ability to represent him in his labor negotiations. Two Justices - Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas - asked no questions.

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court's newest justice and the likely deciding vote, did not speak during the argument. Oh, yes, there were also the political sessions unions conducted dealing with the resistance to the Trump Administration and before that, resolutions in support of Hillary Clinton for president. Therefore, he does not think he should pay fair share fees, only full-share participants.

"I want the working people of Santa Clara County to know that I am against this attempt today to use the highest court in the land to further rig the rules of the economy", he said in a prepared statement on Monday.

A case before the Supreme Court Monday could have major implications for American workers, including many here in our area. After Frederick replied, "Yes", Kennedy commented: "Isn't that the end of this case?" This basically says that due to the collective-bargaining process, the union employees have higher incomes than the non-union employees or right-to-work group, which may be true.

"If the Supreme Court decides in Janus's favor, what it'll mean is that there are people who would get the benefits of the union without having to pay for those benefits".

The Supreme Court case has to do with requiring public-sector employees to pay union fees.

"The problem is, even though that fee is not supposed to allow the union to spend political dollars in their names, everything a public sector union does is political, because they bargain with the government over employee wages and working conditions", Dewhirst argued. She said contracts would have to be redone in 23 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico because laws on the issue in those jurisdictions would then become unconstitutional.

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American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said wealthy conservative business interests are behind the legal challenge. "Whether you're the FOP, firefighters, SEIU, the laborers, we're going to recognize and respect (unions) because we're not going to turn back the labor movement".

"Let's face it, not everybody wants to be in the union", he said. I said, "I'm no 'artist.' I'm a reporter!"

"It's an attempt to break up unions and strip away the voice that we have that fights not just for students, but for parents and the communities that we service", said Morris.

Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan stressed again and again how much might be upset if Janus wins, which might appeal to Gorsuch if he is reluctant to overturn the 1977 decision, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

"When have we ever done something like that?"

Danica Alink, of McLean, Va., center, and Beth Feeley, of Wilmette, Illi., right, say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of a rally supporting Mark Janus, outside of the Supreme Court, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Washington.

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