Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1002/27608

From The Socialist newspaper, 4 July 2018

US unions facing new challenge after Supreme Court ruling

Striking teachers inside the West Virginia legislature capitol building, photo Socialist Alternative, photo Socialist Alternative

Striking teachers inside the West Virginia legislature capitol building, photo Socialist Alternative, photo Socialist Alternative   (Click to enlarge)

The recent decision of the US Supreme Court to uphold Donald Trump's discriminatory travel ban on travellers from five majority Muslim countries highlighted the court's now majority socially conservative, right-wing bias.

This came about because the Republicans had blocked an Obama nominee to a vacant seat and a Trump-approved judge was installed instead.

Another less publicised attack on democratic rights was the Supreme Court's decision to rule in favour of an Illinois government employee backed by front organisations supported by alt-right super-rich 'libertarians'.

Mark Janus, the Illinois employee at the centre of the case, did not originate the law suit. Instead, it started with billionaire venture capitalist and Illinois governor, Bruce Rauner.

The judgement ended the practice, enshrined in law since 1977, which allows trade unions to seek "fair fees" from non-union members who benefit from union collective bargaining agreements.

The 1977 ruling exempted non-union workers from contributing to unions' expressly political funds. But the Supreme Court in Janus v the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has now ruled that, because the appellant was a government employee, any deductions are deemed 'political'.

The intention of the groups that brought the case is to cripple union finances by allowing any public-sector employee to freeload on the backs on union members.

Union density is higher in the public sector compared to the private sector and so it will potentially weaken the unions in fighting to defend members.

Many states had already implemented such anti-union practices but now it has effectively become federal law.

However, such obstacles can be overcome as the successful illegal strike action by rank-and-file teachers in West Virginia showed earlier this year (see 'West Virginia teachers' strike victory' at socialistparty.org.uk), which forced major concessions over pay.

The teachers actually raised over $320,000 online for the strike fund, illustrating that wider solidarity action is possible.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 4 July 2018:


NHS

NHS: underfunded, under attack

NHS at 70: a fight for our lives!

Thousands march against NHS cuts and privatisation

Welsh Labour NHS hypocrisy at Tredegar rally


What we think

NSSN conference 2018


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Socialism 2018: a weekend of discussion and debate

Issue 1000 extra 1,000 sales target smashed!

Spycops inquiry - dancing to the police's tune


Socialist Party news and analysis

No to sexism! No to Trump!

Social care funding crisis: no to an age levy - make the super-rich pay

Tories pledge three-year private tenancies: fight for rent caps and council homes

EU lets 200 refugees drown in three days

British state complicit in torture and rendition: put Blair and Straw in the dock!

Them & us

What we saw


International socialist news and analysis

#AmazonTax shows need for socialist fighters

Obrador's crushing victory gives hope to Mexico's poor

'CAS nunca mas': stop mass lay-offs and precarious contracts in Peru!

US unions facing new challenge after Supreme Court ruling


Workplace news and analysis

Probation service: 'You are not a priority'

Treasury imposes civil service pay limit - vote Yes to strike action

Bin workers take strike action after talks with Kirklees council collapse

Victory for London's young workers in privatiser's non-payment of 'living wage' scandal

Socialist Party members have big impact as Unite conference kicks off

Yorkshire NSSN meeting starts coordinating struggles

Swansea postal workers strike to defend colleague

New publication: Workers' control and workers' management


Opinion

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 4 July 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

US:

triangleTory and Trump hypocrisy over murder of Saudi Arabian journalist

triangleUSA: crisis follows Supreme Court justice nomination

triangleTrump's tariffs raise international tensions

triangleResidents push back Barking estate landlords

triangleBezos housing hypocrisy

Unions:

triangleNSSN rally: militant trade unionists share ideas to win for workers

triangleTories in chaos - general election now!

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Teachers:

triangle1,000 head teachers march on parliament

triangleGovernment fails to deliver on funding and teachers' pay - demand action to win 5%

Strike:

triangleLadywood Primary school strike

triangleStriking Brum home carers reject 'final' pay cut offer

International

International

17/10/18

Spain

Libres y Combativas: striking for women's rights in the Spanish state

10/10/18

Ireland

Ireland: 10,000 march for homes in Dublin

10/10/18

USA

US: #CancelKavanaugh

10/10/18

Brazil

Polarisation, risks and resistance in Brazilian elections

10/10/18

Mexico

Mexico: socialists violently attacked by gangs - urgent solidarity needed

3/10/18

Indonesia

Indonesia tsunami - a disaster compounded by capitalism

3/10/18

US

USA: crisis follows Supreme Court justice nomination

26/9/18

China

Trump's tariffs raise international tensions

19/9/18

Catalonia

Catalonia: 'Diada' 2018 an immense show of strength for republic

19/9/18

South Africa

South Africa: new workers' formations herald fightback against Ramaphosa's capitalist agenda

19/9/18

Jeff Bezos

Bezos housing hypocrisy

12/9/18

Ireland

Ireland housing occupations

12/9/18

Sweden

Sweden: left and far right gain as establishment parties falter

12/9/18

Russia

Support for Putin's regime dips over major attacks on state pensions

12/9/18

Nicaragua

Nicaragua: With the people against the Ortega government and imperialism

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999