Supreme Court Labor Decision Wasn’t Just a Loss for Unions

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Pro-union demonstrators rallying on Wednesday in Lower Manhattan after the Supreme Court decision on union financing. The ruling is a blow to progressive groups that benefit from labor funding. Credit Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

Reprinted from The New York Times by Noam Scheiber on July 1, 2018.

The Supreme Court decision striking down mandatory union fees for government workers was not only a blow to unions. It will also hit hard at a vast network of groups dedicated to advancing liberal policies and candidates.

Some of these groups work for immigrants and civil rights; others produce economic research; still others turn out voters or run ads in Democratic campaigns. Together, they have benefited from tens of millions of dollars a year from public-sector unions — funding now in jeopardy because of the prospective decline in union revenue.

Liberal activists argue that closing that pipeline was a crucial goal of the conservative groups that helped bring the case, known as Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. …

NY Times 7/1

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