Mar 30, 2016

NAGE National President David Holway's Comments on SCOTUS Ruling

March 29, 2016
 
Today the United States Supreme Court voted 4 – 4 on a controversial case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The case would essentially eliminate a union’s ability to collect agency fees, thus dealing a major blow to organized labor across the country. The 4 – 4 ruling lets stand a lower court ruling in favor of the California Teachers Association, preserving their right to collect agency fees.
 
The Supreme Court normally consists of nine justices. Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent passing has left the court operating with only eight justices until a new justice is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
 
NAGE National President David J. Holway weighed in on the outcome of the Friedrichs case.  “Oral arguments began in January. It is the duty of the Supreme Court to make rulings on cases no matter how many justices there are.”
 
Holway added, “We would have liked to have seen a 5 - 3 vote on this case. It is a fact that the middle class is strengthened by strong union membership. Stripping public employees’ rights at work is not in anyone’s best interest.”
 
This ruling preserves over 40 years of precedent from a 1977 decision, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which upheld a union’s ability to collect agency fees.

Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected. - Samuel Gompers
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