IATSE responds with renewed call to strengthen unions
In a 5-4 ruling on Janus v. AFSCME, the Conservative leaning Supreme Court overturned a 1977 SCOTUS opinion known as Abood v. Detroit Board of Education that required non-members of public sector unions to pay so-called "fair share" fees for collective bargaining issues such as employee grievances, physical safety and training, even though they cannot be required to pay fees for political activities by the union. Illinois public sector employee, Mark Janus, brought the case. He challenged the fees, claiming collective bargaining issues are inherently political, and arguing that the First Amendment protected him from obligatory support of such political expression.
Regarding the decision, IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb issued the following statement:
This terrible decision is a sign of our times and the political mess in which we find ourselves. Soon, all working people, not just those in the public sector, will face the ramifications of the Supreme Court's actions, in the form of diminished bargaining rights and weaker contracts.
This is a dark day for all of organized labor, but we can and we must continue to press back against this ongoing assault. We must continue to grow and strengthen our unions through organizing, no matter what the laws are. We didn't need permission to fight back against the robber barons of the Gilded Age, and we do not need it to fight back against the robber barons of today.