Is the Supreme Court Decimating Workers Rights?
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FEATURING SHAUN RICHMAN – The US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of corporations over its workers by upholding that employers can force arbitration agreements when hiring. The ruling effectively bars workers from using class action lawsuits for redress. Class action suits have long been a powerful tool for workers to join forces with one another and sue companies for wrongdoing. Donald Trump’s Supreme Court appointee Neil Gorsuch joined his conservative allies in the 5-4 decision.
That anti-worker ruling bodes ill for another high-profile labor issue that the court heard arguments for earlier this year. A conservative ruling in the case of Janus Vs. AFSCME could gut the power of public sector unions to wield political power. The case centers around the so-called “right to work” – a deceptive Republican term used to obscure union dues. But my guest points out that a ruling in favor of Janus could pave the way for a “labor Bill of Rights.”
Read Shaun Richman’s article on In These Times, HERE.
Shaun Richman, former organizing director for the American Federation of Teachers and a contributor to In These Times.