Unions representing employees in the public sector have been dominant in politics since 1977, when the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education and, in so doing, eliminating public employees’ rights to decide if they wanted to be part of a union or finance its policies and politics. The 1977 decision bolstered public-sector unionism. In making it’s decision the court affirmed the constitutionality of a Michigan law requiring public school teachers who are not dues-paying union members to pay “agency” or “fair-share” fees. The practical effect has been the allowance of forced unionism of public employees by the union bosses, resulting in 35.7% of public employees to be unionized vs. just 6.6% of private sector employees today. The lack of free choice has done unmeasurable damage to the First Amendment rights of millions of government employees since the decision 39 years ago.
Today the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to undo this injustice and restore freedom of choice to public employees (see Will the Supreme Court undo the damage done to the rights of millions of government workers?).
Unlike the Public Sector, Private-Sector collective bargaining does not influence governmental policymaking to the same degree because of the low percentage of private sector workers who are unionized versus the public sector. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a democrat, once said: “The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.” He understood the conflicts that existed in permitting government employees to both press ideological principal and hold ransom over the government of the people, using the public’s money to do so. Despite this natural conflict of interest, President Obama is nevertheless working feverishly to provide the unions the means of continuing to force unionize public employees and simplify forced unionism of private sector employees all for political gain! President Roosevelt understood both the public and private sector employees must have the individual private right unfettered by intimidation and public law to decide by secret ballot election if they desire to be part of a union. Unfortunately President Obama either does not have the same understanding, or more likely, simply does not care (see The Great Pretender Wants Control!, Wake-Up and Connect the Dots… Obama Wants Us to Sign a Neutrality Agreement!). It is apparent by the fact the NLRB, through radical pro labor appointees to the NLRB by President Obama, has provided big labor bosses the tools to force unionize employees for political gain, and reversing the monumental decline of private sector unions (see Reprise: Beware the Ambush, Card Check Close to Reality! and Revised “Persuader” Reporting Requirements Are Back). Big labor bosses most likely will continue to pressure President Obama, as well as Hillary Clinton, who many of the biggest unions are supporting, to apply pressure behind the scenes to members of the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of the unions (see SEIU endorses Clinton). A pro-labor decision in this case is important to both Big Labor bosses and Democrats as negative results in the 2016 election could put them on the precipice of extinction (see Gasping Dinosaurs).
Beginning Monday January 11, 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court has the opportunity to stand up to intimidation tactics and reverse the loss of freedom of choice imposed on public workers in 1977. Doing so through freedom of choice provides the Right to Work: A Basic American Freedom for private sector employees across the country. This decision will be historic if found in favor of the California teachers who desire free choice. Such a favorable decision would effectively suppress the big labor bosses tactics of forced unionism and the political agenda behind it to turn this country into a socialistic/communistis totalitarian country. as chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep (see The Problem with Socialism is Socialism and Communism at the Highest Levels. Pray the U.S. Supreme Court makes the right decision and defends the First Amendment right of freedom of choice for all employees!