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About the Janus ruling

by Dan Burns on June 28, 2018 · 2 comments

scotus2A couple of items:

A 2015 study found strong empirical evidence that unions may help children move up the economic ladder.
According to the study, the New York Times reports, “Children born to low-income families typically ascend to higher incomes in metropolitan areas where union membership is higher. The size of the effect is small, but there aren’t many other factors that are as strongly correlated with mobility.”
The positive impact of unions on children’s upward mobility isn’t exclusive to low-income children, the Times reporters note, and they extend beyond families with union workers to nonunion families too.
(Jeff Bryant/

After holding steady for decades, the percentage of American workers in all jobs who would say yes to join a union jumped sharply this past year, by 50%, says a new, independent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The evidence is clear: The popularity of the labor movement is surging as more people want to join unions than ever before. Every worker must have the freedom to negotiate in a union over pay, benefits and working conditions.

Comments below fold.

From Mac Hall: First, let’s address the PAC impacts based on the decision … tell me if I am wrong … but IMO … this is really insignificant. Take for example, MN where the American Federation of Government Employees (which as I read the ruling is the affected group since this dealt with government workers) contributed $40,000 in 2016 to congressional candidates. Once again, as I read the ruling employees have to opt-in … even if everyone decided not to contribute, $40k is a pretty small amount. But the employees will still want to voice their concerns to their Reps, so they will still be a force … just that the candidates won’t be expecting to get paid. Union or non-union, these people are still voters.
Second, won’t unions confront members that without a strong union, they will lose pay and benefits ? One study showed the impact to Minnesota … nobody likes to pay the bill, but once you don’t have representation, you will realize the advantages of a union. The study estimated that Minnesota would still have 155,000 union paying members … the bigger problem is that the MNGOP will continue to put barriers for union membership.
Third, although, the AFL-CIO is optimistic about growing its membership, the number of workers covered by unions has declined dramatically.
Fourth, this really shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone … remember that the issue was previously heard but Justice Antonin Scalia died before the court could release its opinion, leaving the eight-member court deadlocked 4-4. Did anyone think that Gorsuch would join the dissenters ?
I will close with a positive note … did you see that that a segment of a Boeing plant in South Carolina voted to unionize ?
From Dan Burns: I myself am not entirely sure about the spike in desire to join a union, noted in the second blockquote. The scientific approach is that something that purportedly sudden and sharp needs confirmation, like other surveys to the same effect, before you buy it 100%. But, as with abortion rights, normally support for unions does rise when they are perceived as being threatened.

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