Just days before the U.S. Supreme Court heard a landmark labor case, union members rallied in cities throughout the country.
In Columbus, an estimated 3,000 union members, including roughly 100 members of the building trades, gathered in the rain outside the Ohio Statehouse for the Working People’s Day of Action.
Event speakers, which included labor leaders and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Niles), told the crowd they must unite and defend one of the last institutions in the U.S. that advocate for the working and middle class people.
Held two days before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus vs. ASFCME, the rallies were a way to fight for the freedom to come together in strong unions, equitable pay, affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities and a secure future.
The rally was a warning to special interests that the unions are not going to roll over and give away rights they have earned through collective bargaining.
At stake in the Janus case is public sector So-Called “Right to Work” laws, which will ultimately be decided by a court with a conservative majority following the 2017 appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the bench.
The court will determine whether non-union members should pay “fair share” fees for union representation at the bargaining table.
If the court rules in favor of Janus, it will overturn its 1977 ruling Abood v. Detroit Board of Education and open the door for So-Called “Right to Work” to be enacted nationwide in the public sector.
Public sector unions would take a major financial hit, as non-union represented individuals would no longer be required to pay fees to the unions who represent them at the bargaining table.
The elimination of “fair share” fees would likely lead to additional court cases in an attempt to enact So-Called “Right to Work” nationwide in the private sector.
The Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council opposes So-Called “Right to Work” legislation. Click here to learn why So-Called “Right to Work” is wrong for Ohio and wrong for the nation.Share This Post