This NPR story is worth listening to.
Will the Supreme Court free us from public unions and end a way that the Democrat Party gets financing from the taxpayers? I almost don’t want to hope because I don’t want to be disappointed.
USA Today reports, “Supreme Court seems sure to rule against unions.”
The Supreme Court left little doubt Monday where it stands on forcing teachers and government workers to contribute to public employee unions against their will: It’s ready to strike the requirement down.
The court’s more conservative justices sharply criticized the current system in which public employees in 23 states and the District of Columbia must pay for the cost of collective bargaining, even if they disagree with their unions’ demands. The problem, those justices said, is that virtually everything the unions do affects public policy and tax dollars.
“Everything that is collectively bargained with the government is within the political sphere, almost by definition,” said Justice Antonin Scalia, seen as the lone conservative who might side with the unions because of past statements.
When lawyers for California and its teachers union cited more mundane collective bargaining issues such as mileage rates and public safety, Chief Justice John Roberts objected. “It’s all money,” Roberts said. “The amount of money that’s going to be allocated to public education as opposed to public housing, welfare benefits, that’s always a public policy issue.”
Their comments and others from justices who previously have criticized the practice of compelling union fees made it clear that the court is likely to strike down its nearly 40-year-old precedent allowing unions to impose such requirements on non-members. That would make it harder for unions representing teachers, police and firefighters, and other government workers to maintain their power by affecting their pocketbooks.
Public unions have the power to blackmail state governments to get higher pay and benefits for public employees. This in turn means they can get more dues from members and use it to donate money to Democrat politicians who in turn give them better pay and benefits. It is a corrupt system.
This is the system that Bernie Sanders pretends is noble and right.