By Conduit Staff
What you told us: The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this session on the legality of so-called “right to work” states. How do you think the High Court will rule and why?
Consensus: While we didn’t exactly have a ton of responses, respondents to this question expressed that the Supreme Court will likely side with anti-union corporations when it comes to the question of whether union representatives can charge dues to help them better organize and negotiate on behalf of their members.
“Given that the Supreme Court is conservative-leaning and that the trend in American society is to exploit labor and maximize the power of corporations, the court will likely decide in favor of right-to-work. I don't understand how our populace continues to fantasize that this country is a meritocracy based on individual perseverance and hard-work. Being part of a union provides members with real power, real benefits, security and income. They are not perfect institutions but strength in numbers has more advantages than the disposable, ‘find someone cheaper,’ refuse to bear the cost of training, etc corporate operating philosophies.” said one thoughtful respondent.
Another respondent kept their answer succinct and to the point: “(They will rule) against labor. The court has skewed right so it's not surprising they would weaken the rights of working families,” they wrote.
Yet another respondent said that one of the problems lies in companies where some some workers benefit from union-bargained benefits but have resisted actually joining unions and paying dues. “The base issue of those not in a bargaining group benefiting from the bargaining group's work for free has in the past guided decisions. Will that hold? In this political climate (yes, the court is political) I think it may not hold and “Right to Work” will get a free legal pass (by the Court.)”