Catholic bishops side with labor unions in Supreme Court case

Catholic bishops side with labor unions in Supreme Court case

In friend-of-court brief, the USCCCP equates effect of a ruling against unions [to collect dues from non-union members] to landmark high court decisions that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage

[The “seamless garment” marches on through the USCCCP]


U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are backing public sector unions in an upcoming Supreme Court case, pitting church leaders against the Trump administration and conservatives in a legal battle over how organized labor is financed.

In an amicus brief filed on Friday (Jan. 19) in the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sides with the union, which is being challenged by the State of Illinois over its right to collect money from nonmembers for collective bargaining.

The bishops equated the effect of a ruling against the unions to the landmark high court decisions, Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges, which respectively legalized abortion and same-sex marriage.

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One comment on “Catholic bishops side with labor unions in Supreme Court case

  1. This court case is not a cut and dry issue that it raises. Currently, one can be a non-union dues payer, with the right of obtaining union bargaining benefits, while not paying into that part of union dues that is used strictly for political or ideological purposes. The non-union dues payer pays only that part of union dues that has been used to obtain worker benefits. Currently, the the union’s bargaining is used to obtain the benefits for both union members and non-union dues payers. However, if the Janus case is successful, it would be a disaster, because non-union dues payer status would cease to exist, and if you are not in the union, their collective bargaining would not apply for non-union workers. These non-union members would have to deal with public and government officials as mere individuals and lose the collective bargaing power currently available. Single workers don’t have the resources, time or money to lobby for benefits individually. AND in the conservative states, some conservative politicians might lend an ear to these conservative non-unionists. But in States where the politicians hate conservatives or have no patience for small fry mavericks that don’t play with the rules, they will make it harder for the non-unionist.
    What will probably happen if Janus case is successful, is drive the non-unionists back into the union, forcing these non-unionists for bargaining as well as purely political or ideological activities. The current non-union fee payer status is the only way to have “conscientious objectors” to pro-abortion or anti-family unions keep benefits while showing no solidarity with immoral political causes.

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