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Unions fight back against Kochs and allies since supreme court ‘disaster’

Feb 8, 2019

“After decades of trying, the Koch brothers and their allies won a major battle last year when the US supreme court stripped public sector unions of their ability to collect ‘fair-share fees’ from non-union members. Anti-union forces lobbied long and hard for such a decision. And experts predicted Janus v AFSCME could strip public sectors of a third of their revenues as millions stopped paying union dues for collective bargaining and other activities.

Seven months on from the decision, the picture is mixed. But there are signs that Janus may have served as a wake-up call, reinvigorating organizing campaigns and leading to gains for some unions.

This Friday, the heads of America’s four largest public sector unions meet at a summit in Washington. They plan to outline calls for more strikes and major organizing initiatives, riding a wave of popular support from the teachers’ strikes. And they feel emboldened to push for more.

The American Federation of Teachers president, Randi Weingarten, said: ‘Our members have sent a clear message to the anti-labor rightwing ideologues: we are sticking with the union. While the right wing has many acts left in their playbook, the Janus supreme court and follow-up assaults have backfired.’”


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