The Supreme Court and Right to Work
The Time’s reports it: “The Supreme Court dealt a major blow on Wednesday to organized labor. By a 5-to-4 vote, with the more conservative justices in the majority, the court ruled that government workers who choose not to join unions may not be required to help pay for collective bargaining.”
To add insult to injury the court based their decision on the First Amendment, “Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority. “We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern,” he wrote.
It’s the national scab/free-ride act.
Harold Schaitberger, as general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, did his part in paving the way for this dramatic weakening of unions.
Schaitberger, Mr. Political Action, lacked the balls to make an endorsement in the 2016 presidential election thus ensuring that the IAFF was sidelined in every way.
No matter the winner, we have been silenced because we sat on our hands.
Why, many may ask?
Schaitberger saw that his cushy deal might be endangered if he took a tough stand for labor rights so he decided it was safer to take a pass.
What resulted was the election of a president who despises unions and working families.
That president is in favor of a Supreme Court which will decimate and destroy unions, including ours.
It is deeply ironic that on the 100th anniversary of the IAFF, we have a “leader” who has utterly failed to lead where it matters most, at the level where our rights are both determined and guaranteed.
Perhaps at the 100th anniversary celebratory convention Schaitberger can invite Trump so he can further explain what he has in store to destroy the union movement all together.
They make a great duo–neither gives a damn about the firefighter or paramedic on the street and the proof is right in front of us.
Everyone, especially Schaitberger, knew what Trump would do to us and yet he was so cowardly he couldn’t even make a choice, instead wringing his hands in indecision.
In our 100th year we have proven to be weak, timid and ineffective.
Perhaps we are getting a dose of what we deserve when we elect a leader who is only really invested in his next expensive meal.