California pans Supreme Court union decision
WASHINGTON (AP) – California Democrats and labor leaders called the Supreme Court’s decision on union fees a setback for working families and an effort to widen the gap between the rich and everyone else.
The court ruled government workers can’t be compelled to contribute fees to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining. It’s considered a significant financial blow to organized labor.
In anticipation of the decision, though, California has been passing legislation aimed at maintaining and boosting union membership and influence. Those laws could provide a powerful tool in maintaining union membership in the wake of the court’s decision.
Unions have immense political sway in the nation’s largest state, where Democrats hold all levers of government.
Republicans called the new laws giveaways to unions, while Democrats said they are necessary to defend collective bargaining rights.