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Harris v. Quinn

Dave Jamieson

After Brutal SCOTUS Loss, Union Notches Big Win | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

The Service Employees International Union won an election on Tuesday that will make it the representative for 27,000 home care workers in Minnesota --...

Why the Anti-Union Argument Loses Every Time

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It is ugly individualism that underlies the political ideology of the rich industrialists who are spending billions in an effort to shred Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and who are attempting to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Unions are an impediment to their grand scheme, so they're coming after us with a vengeance.

Defending Trade Unions While the Justices Are Away

David Coates | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The nine justices of the SCOTUS are now in recess, leaving the rest of us the summer in which to reflect upon and digest their latest set of rulings. Because it is likely that both judgments will have long-term adverse consequences for progressive causes, a moment of reflection on that second judgment is well in order.

Raising the Floor for Home Care Workers Is Critical to the Nation's Economic Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

In the decades to come, raising the floor for home care workers will become increasingly important. Unfortunately, many of those who take care of our most vulnerable - even full-time workers - are still in poverty.

Women Victorious In U.S. Supreme Court's Harris V. Quinn

Julie Gunlock | Posted 09.14.2014 | Women
Julie Gunlock

Women just scored a significant victory in the U.S. Supreme Court. In Harris v. Quinn, decided just last month, the Supreme Court declared that childcare providers and personal care aids (PCAs attend to hygiene, housekeeping, and meal preparation for the elderly and infirm) are not required to unionize.

Supreme Court to Women: Father Knows Best

Nan Aron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

These three decisions, taken together, are an assault on the rights, health, and economic well-being of women in every corner of this country. But they are also a challenge to President Obama, to Congress, to the political system, and to the American people to take the action necessary to undo the damage.

Why Collective Bargaining Is a Fundamental Human Right

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The ability for ordinary working people to organize and collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions is a fundamental human right. It is a right just as critical to a democratic society as the right to free speech and the right to vote. Over the last 30 years many in corporate America and the big Wall Street banks have conducted a sustained attack on that human right. Unionization dropped from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 11. 3 percent in 2013 -- and the results are there for everyone to see. The simple fact is that absent government regulation and collective bargaining agreements, the market by itself does not assure that everyone shares in the fruits of society's increased economic productivity. In fact, we know that just the opposite is true.

Dave Jamieson

Union Plows Ahead After Major SCOTUS Setback | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

After being dealt a major setback by the Supreme Court just two weeks ago, the Service Employees International Union is plowing ahead in its efforts t...

Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Low wages, debts and dim prospects all subjugate. This is the condition of a shocking number of Americans as income inequality rises. And their economic desperation and subordination occurred by design.

The Supreme Court's Crafty Minefield

Laura Reyes | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

We're going to knock on as many doors and ring as many phones as it takes to make sure that working people are paying attention to the divisive, extremist politics that begin in a city council chamber and lead ultimately to Supreme Court cases like Harris and Hobby Lobby.

Stand Up For Voting Rights -- The Inalienable Rights You Save May Be Your Own

Christine Pelosi | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

How will America pass this test of character -- this test of our liberty, community, and equality? The clearest step we can take is to demand our liberty, community and equality at the polling place.

The State of the Progressive Movement: Maryland

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Dana Beyer

We can no longer ignore the economic reality, thanks to Professor Piketty, that without forceful government intervention on behalf of the people, inequality will increase.

Why Harris v. Quinn Is No Sweeping Victory for Conservatives

Capital & Main | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Capital & Main

To understand what the Supreme Court did and didn't hold, you have to go back to a 1977 case called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

3 Reasons Harris v. Quinn Matters to All of Us

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

The Harris v. Quinn ruling on Monday was a huge step backward in the national effort to develop rights and protections for home care workers. It's also a clear call to action for all of us not to become complacent.

The Supreme Court Doesn't Care for Caregiving Workers

Annette Bernhardt | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Annette Bernhardt

The root of the problem is that because we don't value caregiving work, millions of home care workers earn poverty wages taking care of our loved ones.

One Step Closer to Eliminating Power Hungry Unions

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

In the historic Harris v. Quinn case, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that home-care workers, many of whom are just parents acting as the primary caregiver for their ill children, shouldn't be forced to join a union.

On the Waterfront's take on Harris v. Quinn

Andy Hoglund | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Andy Hoglund

I wondered if On the Waterfront offered any commentary on today's labor struggles, and whether its depiction of Johnny Friendly bore any responsibility for the perception, by some, of modern unions as a corrupting influence in American life.

Leave Your Rights at the Door

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Just when we thought the rights of women, workers and minorities faced enough setbacks, it appears the nation's highest court has done it once again. The Supreme Court's majority has very clearly shown where its interests are -- and they are not with the people.

SCOTUS Ruling Doesn't Gut Public Unions, But Creates New Challenges for Care Workers

Richard Kirsch | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

A huge sigh of relief mixed with curses -- that's my reaction to the Supreme Court's decision today to block home care workers in Illinois from being required to pay union dues, while continuing to allow public employee unions to collect dues from all the workers they represent.

Dave Jamieson

Supreme Court: Partial Public Employees Can't Be Required To Contribute To Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a setback for organized labor that could have been much worse, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that certain government-funded emplo...

Dave Jamieson

How SCOTUS Could Cripple Public-Sector Unions On Monday | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Sunday night, the leaders of America's public-sector labor unions will sleep fitfully, if they manage to sleep at all. The source ...

Harris v. Quinn: A Personal View

Keith Kelleher | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Keith Kelleher

Following the progress of the latest anti-labor lawsuit, Harris v. Quinn, I'm reminded of the story of a homecare worker named Evelyn. She had recentl...

The Right Takes Aim at Public Sector Unions in a New Supreme Court Case

Richard Kirsch | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Richard Kirsch

The right has been focusing its attacks on public sector workers, one-fourth of whom are represented by unions with collective-bargaining rights. It has aimed to weaken bargaining rights in Midwestern states with long histories of union representation and has had (too) much success. This week, it brought that fight to the Supreme Court.

What George Will Gets Wrong about Unions, Home Healthcare Aides, and the First Amendment

Charlotte Garden | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Garden

The misleading arguments being made by George Will, and the plaintiffs in Harris vs. Quinn, go well beyond established protections, and would cripple the system of public sector collective bargaining that has worked well for decades.

Which Way America: Labor Management Collaboration or a Return to Labor Wars?

Thomas Kochan | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Thomas Kochan

State officials and the Supreme Court face a critical choice: Do they endorse a return to the 19th- and early 20th-century era of conflict and bloodshed that characterized America's labor history, or endorse a system based on innovation, partnership, collaboration, and mutual respect?