fbpx

Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

Star Tribune Calls on Government Unions to Reform

The landmark Supreme Court ruling that public employees cannot be forced to fund organized labor as a condition of getting a paycheck continues to reverberate as the ramifications for union bosses and Democratic pols sink in. Big labor’s government gravy train just hit a major obstacle on the tracks in the form of the Janus v. AFSCME decision.

American Experiment’s Kim Crockett put it this way at a Wednesday press conference and on the Center’s website.

The Court overturned a 1977 decision called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, holding that public employees do not have to pay agency fees to a union, and that employers must obtain a non-member employee’s “affirmative consent” before deducting any fees from their paycheck.

Even the Star Tribune editorial board acknowledges government worker unions will need to make wholesale changes or risk losing thousands of members, millions of dollars and commensurate political clout.

The blow the U.S. Supreme Court dealt public-employee unions Wednesday was met with so much alarm in some quarters that many Americans are likely to conclude that it was a knockout punch. It is not — at least not in the near term.

But the high court’s decision in Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31 is clearly a turning point, both for public-sector unions and the larger American labor movement. What they do in response will determine whether they wind up “smaller and poorer,” as one analyst predicted, or learn to thrive without being able to compel “agency fee” payments from workers who refuse to join their bargaining unit’s union.

The Strib editorial writer dutifully puts in a disclaimer about the benefits derived from union representation–for government workers, if not always taxpayers. Yet the high court ruling means government unions will need to adapt quickly to stem the loss of members and influence.

The Janus ruling should be heard in both public and private union halls not as a death knell, but as a call to action and reform. It’s a summons to sell a new generation on the value of collective bargaining. It’s a challenge to adapt union practices to the work patterns and emerging industries of the 21st century. It’s a demand to curb the excesses that have turned off otherwise-sympathetic Americans. Union zeal for defending poor employee performance is one such excess. Large financial contributions that flow exclusively to one political party are another.

Comments

Subscribe

Categories

Upcoming Events

  • Morning in Minnesota Breakfast Series Featuring Isaac Orr

    Location: The Oaks at Eagle Creek 1000 26th Ave NE Willmar, MN 56201

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Tuesday, August 27th at The Oaks at Eagle Creek for breakfast with Center policy fellow and energy expert, Isaac Orr. Following his discussion of his new report, Doubling Down on Failure: How a 50 Percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard Would Cost Minnesota $80.2 Billion, Isaac will be joined by Rep. Tim Miller, Rep. Dave Baker, and Sen. Andrew Lang for a conversation about renewable energy standards in Minnesota. Tuesday, August 27, 2019 The Oaks at Eagle Creek 1000 26th Ave NE, Willmar, MN 56201 7:30 AM Breakfast & Check-In 8:00 AM Presentation…

  • Fall Briefing Featuring Kimberley Strassel

    Location: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

    Purchase Tickets Here

    Register Now