During the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court made major policy decisions such as upholding Obamacare and same sex marriage. After the Democrats lost control of the House, no major legislation was signed by the President during his last six years. Obama relied on the Supreme Court on major issues.
With the election of President, significant policy legislation is emerging from Congress such as tax reform. Now, however, the Supreme Court, with the Janus v. AFSCME decision has made one of the most impactful decisions in its recent history, which will affect policy for decades.
Pubic employee unions are the biggest players in our elections – spending billions each four year cycle. They spend that money to support Democrats. They have decided that “state government workers cannot be forced to pay so-called “fair share” fees to support collective bargaining and other union activities.”
What impact will the decision have? Just ask the New York Times:
“With the Supreme Court striking down laws that require government workers to pay union fees, one thing is clear: Most public-sector unions in more than 20 states with such laws are going to get smaller and poorer in the coming years. Though it is difficult to predict with precision, experts and union officials say they could lose 10 percent to one-third of their members, or more, in the states affected, as conservative groups seek to persuade workers to drop out.”
They have reason to make such a prediction because in “the five years after Michigan passed a law ending mandatory union fees in 2012, the number of active members of the Michigan Education Association dropped by about 25 percent.”
If that happened across the country, that would dramatically reduce the power and reach public employee unions. Given that almost all of union spending benefits Democrats politically, it is inescapable but to believe anything but that this will reduce the prospects of the Democrat Party.
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