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Harold Meyerson: Why Did the Supreme Court Turn Hostile to Public Sector Unions?

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"Harold Meyerson, editor of the American Prospect, notes that the Supreme Court ruled unanimously when they last considered public sector unions. What changed from 1977 to 2016? The Supreme Court now has judges appointed by  Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. That’s one thing but not the only difference. A look back at the opinions in Abood shows that the court was considering the same questions four decades ago that it is considering today. What’s changed is the conservative justices’ assessment of unions—reflecting, I’d argue, the changed assessments of both business and Republican elites. What has changed is not just the composition of the Court, but the political climate. In today’s politics, unions do not command the political clout they had in 1977, and the Friedrichs case will reduce it even more."

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