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    I have posted about this a couple of times but I think this article is the best I have read so far as explaining what is going on behind the scenes. And wouldn't you know it is the Koch brothers!

    A decision before next summer in a U.S. Supreme Court case you’ve probably never heard of has the power to significantly reduce employee earnings and compensation well into the future. The wealthy special-interest organizations financing the case have spent great sums to ensure that all workers earn lower pay, receive few if any retirement benefits and see their full-time jobs replaced with part-time work.

    Right-wing billionaires like the Koch Brothers have partnered with Tea Party extremists and are reshaping the economy in their favor by making it even harder for working people like teachers, electricians, office workers and firefighters to get and stay ahead economically. This right-wing influence is making it harder every year for workers to join a union and negotiate wages and benefits that enable them to earn a decent living and build a better life.
    Everyone can choose whether or not to join a union at work, and nothing in this case – Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association – will change that. When a majority of people vote to join a union, however, the union is required by law to represent everyone in the workplace – regardless of their membership status. Since every employee receives the job security and benefits the union negotiates, it is only fair that everyone contributes to the union’s costs in securing the contract.
    http://politickernj.com/2015/10/u-s-...ages-benefits/
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    Unions file respondents’ brief in Supreme Court case that threatens working families

    WASHINGTON - November 06, 2015 -
    The National Education Association and the California Teachers Association, together with a number of unions, today filed the union respondents’ brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case backed by corporate special interests who are pushing their own agenda by asking the Court to overrule the sound law of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

    In their brief, the unions argue that the rule established by Abood is constitutional and a common-sense principle that supports the rights of workers to come together, speak up and get ahead. Where employees have chosen to elect a union to represent them, employers have a strong interest in ensuring that all employees contribute their fair share of the costs of that representation. Everyone who benefits from a negotiated contract should contribute to the costs of securing that contract.

    “Everyone who works should be able to make ends meet, have a say about their futures, and have the right to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their family,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garca. “Fair share fees allow Americans to have better public services, stronger public schools and more vibrant communities.”
    NEA - Unions file respondents

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    Bill de Blasio backs labor unions in legal fight headed to Supreme Court

    Mayor de Blasio is lending the city’s legal support to labor unions in a key case heading for the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The city filed an amicus brief with the high court backing public workers unions’ ability to collect mandatory fees, even from workers who don’t want to join the union, officials said Sunday.

    The case, Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association, was brought by a group of California teachers who object to being forced to pay union fees, saying it violates their First Amendment rights. Union supporters counter it’s fair because even workers who opt out of the union benefit from its collective bargaining.

    “New York stands with its unions and the working- and middle-class families that unions protect,” de Blasio said. “Unions have been key in the fight against inequality, and their role remains vital today when workers’ rights are increasingly under attack.”
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/poli...icle-1.2436070

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    The Supreme Court To Hear Case About Whether Teachers Have To Pay Unions
    The Supreme Court To Hear Case About Whether Teachers Have To Pay Unions
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a lawsuit against the California Teachers Association that will determine whether teachers and other public employees must pay fees to unions that represent them.

    A victory for the plaintiffs in Friedrichs v. CTA would threaten the financial strength and bargaining clout of the CTA and other public employee unions by making all union dues voluntary. Ten California teachers and the conservative teachers group Christian Educators Association International filed the lawsuit.

    The teachers assert that mandatory fees violate their First Amendment rights.

    “This case is about the right of individuals to decide for themselves whether to join and pay dues to an organization that purports to speak on their behalf,” Terry Pell, president of the Center for Individual Rights, which brought the case on behalf of the teachers, said in a statement Tuesday. “We are seeking the end of compulsory union dues across the nation on the basis of the free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by bean View Post
    The Supreme Court To Hear Case About Whether Teachers Have To Pay Unions
    The Supreme Court To Hear Case About Whether Teachers Have To Pay Unions

    Bean, this whole thread is about this supreme court case. Already posted at beginning of thread. And let's see, those that don't want to pay union dues sure will expect that union to represent them when there is a problem.

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.2435250
    ALBANY — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is lending his support to organized labor in a key case coming before the nation’s top court, the Daily News has learned.

    Schneiderman and attorney general's from at least 21 other states are joining to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the right of public sector unions to collect mandatory fees from workers — including from those who don’t want to join the union.

    The group will announce plans on Sunday to file a brief urging the justices to protect so-called agency shop and fair share provisions that are contained in most collective bargaining agreements.


    21? hmm I did not know there were that many alternators in the country

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    Quote Originally Posted by bean View Post
    AG Eric Schneiderman lends support to labor unions - NY Daily News
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    21? hmm I did not know there were that many alternators in the country
    Your attempts at some type of humor evade more then a few folks.
    Maybe because your still running a generator on 6 volts to power the ACDelco radio in the tupperware vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Your attempts at some type of humor evade more then a few folks.
    Maybe because your still running a generator on 6 volts to power the ACDelco radio in the tupperware vehicle.

    that was a typo it should have read: 21? hmm I did not know there were that many democrat alternators in the country
    this is not a tupperware vehicle. The UAW got this one right. It's perfect

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    Supreme Court Case Pits Working People Against Wealthy Elite

    I keep posting on this subject because from everything I am reading this could be a real game changer for unions and not in a good way.
    Every working person should care about this case, even if it doesn't personally affect you. This legal battle is just the latest in a series of attempts by wealthy conservative groups to dismantle every program, service, or law that benefits working people. A win for the Koch Brothers here will make it that much harder to fight the next battle.
    Here's why that matters. We are living in a time where America's economy has swung out of balance. Everyday Americans are working more than ever, but the only ones benefitting are those at the top of the economic ladder. It's getting harder for working people to get by, let alone get ahead.

    Unions are one of the few groups advocating for the interest of working people. If we make it harder for unions to do their job, working people will lose a major ally in the fight to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the richest 1 percent.
    Supreme Court Case Pits Working People Against Wealthy Elite|J. David Cox Sr.

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    The Legal Case Unions Fear They Cannot Win - WSJ
    If the Supreme Court in the end does overturn Abood, the practical effect could be the equivalent of passing a national right-to-work law for government employees.


    the equivalent of passing a national right-to-work law
    for government employees? that is not good

 

 
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