Intimidating actions by unions
Studies show that states in which more people are union members are states with higher wages, better benefits and better schools.
While unions are just one of the factors that affect the quality of living, the pattern indicates that when workers have a voice, everyone in the community benefits—not just union members.
Employment class actions have helped to combat race and sex discrimination and are fundamental to the enforcement of wage and hour standards,” Mc Nicholas wrote.
“Without the ability to aggregate claims, it would be very difficult, if not impossible,” for workers, especially low-wage workers, to hire lawyers, she said.
The appellant, Mark Janus, argues that he should not have to pay an “agency fee” to the Illinois AFSCME Council 31 to cover the cost of representing him at the bargaining table and in disciplinary proceedings.
If successful, he and 7 million other state and local government workers across the country would become what the labor movement calls “free riders.” The case marks the second attempt by the so-called National Right to Work Committee to undermine unions. California Teachers Association, failed on a 4-4 tie in the High Court last year after Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died.
This week, the court agreed to hear the case, but has not yet set a date.
In response, workers are reaching out to their communities for help exercising their freedom to improve their lives.
“The billionaires and their foundations pay for lawsuits like Janus and right-to-work laws because they want to weaken unions by forcing them to provide expensive services for free,” Specht said.
“Educators and other people who work for the public see through the rhetoric.
“If the Supreme Court sides with corporate interests and the Trump administration, workers will likely be forced to sign away the long-held right to join together with their co-workers to address workplace disputes,” said Celine Mc Nicholas, counsel for the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D. Mc Nicholas, who has published a long analysis of the case, said arbitration cases are costly for individual employees and are usually won by employers.
“Workers also depend on collective and class actions to enforce many workplace rights.
When people advocate as one, they are more powerful and can accomplish more than as individuals.