Berry Craig: Unions hope the voters elect enough pro-union Democrats to significantly reduce the anti-labor GOP bulge in both Missouri houses.
Berry Craig: A “yes” vote would have sustained RTW. But the ballot measure lost by a whopping 67.5 to 32.5 percent. Ninety-nine of Missouri’s 114 counties—89 percent voted “no.”
Bill Blum: While the Janus ruling doesn’t affect private-sector unions, it will have a potentially devastating impact in the public sphere by encouraging more government employees to become “free riders” in terms of union representation.
Berry Craig: Republicans have been largely successful in states like Kentucky by convincing a lot of less-than-well-heeled working people to vote on abortion, guns and other social issues and ignore issues that directly affect their livelihoods.
Berry Craig: Trump a working-class person’s president? Not even when hogs fly and kids stop shooting hoops in Kentucky, where I’ve lived all my 68 years.
Jessica Goodheart: In Robert Jimenez’s day, California was second only to Michigan in auto manufacturing, and homeownership was a much more attainable aspiration. “We are what’s left of the middle class,” he says.
Tony Butka: Writing decisions over matters they know nothing about is simply part of the job description of a Supreme Court Justice.
Berry Craig: If a picture is worth a thousand words, the one showing Mitch McConnell about to shake hands with Neil Gorsuch should hang in every union hall.
Sikivu Hutchinson: By gutting the right of unions to be compensated for collective bargaining and organizing, the Janus decision could reverse decades of gains for American workers.
Marcy Winograd: Over a thousand union members and supporters joined Bernie in demanding the “Happiest Place on Earth” not treat its low-paid workers so miserably.
RJ Eskow: The court’s conservatives are now an openly partisan cadre. They’re political operatives, not jurists. They’re part of a vast and well-funded Republican machine that seeks to screw American workers so it can further enrich its wealthy patrons.
Michael Hertz: Basically, the Supreme Court has been deciding that the right to bring a class action lawsuit can be overridden by an arbitration clause, forcing the consumer or worker who might otherwise use a class action into an expensive personal arbitration..
Cindy Trillo: Despite the positive shift in opinion regarding marijuana, those who oppose the new law still have concern about its use.