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Media Analyses: SCOTUS Ruling On Union Dues Major Defeat For Labor, Democrats. (07/03/2018)

Media reports are casting last week’s Supreme Court ruling in Janus vs. AFSCME as a major defeat for labor unions and the Democratic Party. President Trump hailed the 5-4 decision on Twitter, writing, “Supreme Court rules in favor of non-union workers who are now, as an example, able to support a candidate of his or her choice without having those who control the Union deciding for them. Big loss for the coffers of the Democrats!” The Washington Post (6/27, Barnes) said the ruling “was a devastating, if not unexpected, loss for public employee unions, the most vital component of organized labor and a major player in Democratic Party politics.” The AP (6/27, Sherman) reported the ruling “was no surprise” and was “merely delayed by the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016,” as “the court split 4-4, after” his death “when it considered the same issue in 2016.” The AP added that “when Trump was elected, opponents of the fees hurried a case back to the court,” and “fearing what would happen, unions strongly opposed [Justice Neil] Gorsuch’s nomination to the high court.”

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