After a decades-long effort to place ideologically committed “movement” members in the judicial branch of government, funded by extremely wealthy individuals and their corporations, it looks like the resulting corporate/conservative wing of the Supreme Court is ready to make a ruling that would bankrupt public-employee unions. And clearly already-decimated private-sector unions will be the next target.
"And since public-employee unions bargain with the government, they argue that negotiating for better wages is “political” because better wages for public employees “cost taxpayers.” Therefore, by their very nature unions are engaging in “political activity.” So, they argue, those fees charged to non-members for the services the unions are required by law to provide are “political” services and can’t be compelled."
It's beyond amazing that this Supreme Court group of sycophants (the right-wing majority, that is), doesn't see any problem with Citizens United granting Big Money's corporate titans and other billionaires the disproportionate "right" to deploy lots of cash through which to purchase lots of political favors.
It doesn't think women, as a group, hold standing in suing an entity like Wal-mart for its sexist management policies.
It doesn't see any issue with holding back the bravely won voting rights of Blacks.
But unions pose a problem to Democracy,... that's the argument it honors?
No matter that decent jobs have left the nation faster than corporate tax evaders, and that a great many formerly solid jobs are now morphed into temp. work, sans benefits.
This court NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED starting with its violation of the public's mandate by putting Bush, the lesser into office and thereby showing complicity in the murder of likely a million civilians in a planned war of aggression. The Middle East wars violate the Geneva Conventions to which the U.S. is a signatory.
Thus, having broken the law due to their high-placed complicity and failure to act as a gauge against injustice on such a mindless scale, these "sages" should at minimum be fired, and in a Just society, held to account!
One problem with the impeachment process of Supreme Court Justices is there no mechanism in place for such a procedure to be launched by the people.
In the US as example this can only be done by the Senate or the House of Representatives who more often than not are "in on the crime". The system as structured is designed so that the 1 percent maintains it grip on power.
Now in the country of Venezuela which th media referred to as a Dictatorship under Chavez all elected Public officials could face impeachment proceedings based on a Citizens initiative. While this did not apply to Judges (as they are appointed) it remains one of the few countries on this Earth that allows such power to the electorate.
This Constitution was one that Chavez introduced while in power.
Friedrichs and the other teachers leading this SCOTUS case are within a couple of years of being eligible for the generous full retirement benefit package the CTA negotiated on their behalf. They have theirs, so why should they care about the rest of the teachers and other tens of millions of workers that will soon be relegated to compensation packages tantamount to what uber drivers get ?
Perhaps the Kochs and others sweetened the pot for these plaintiffs by offering them plum second career gigs ?