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Trump. La Suprema Corte libera i lavoratori dalla malversazione dei sindacati.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-06-28.

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La Suprema Corte degli Stati Uniti di America ha rilasciato la sentenza 16-1466.

Janus v. State, County, and Municipal Employees

«The State of Illinois’ extraction of agency fees from nonconsenting public-sector employees violates the First Amendment; Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed., 431 U. S. 209, which concluded otherwise, is overruled.»

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«Illinois law permits public employees to unionize. If a majority of the employees in a bargaining unit vote to be represented by a union, that union is designated as the exclusive representative of all the employees, even those who do not join. Only the union may engagein collective bargaining; individual employees may not be represented by another agent or negotiate directly with their employer. Non­members are required to pay what is generally called an “agency fee,” i.e., a percentage of the full union dues. Under Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed., 431 U. S. 209, 235–236, this fee may cover union expenditures attributable to those activities “germane” to the union’s collective-bargaining activities (chargeable expenditures), but may not cover the union’s political and ideological projects (nonchargeable expendi­tures). The union sets the agency fee annually and then sends non­members a notice explaining the basis for the fee and the breakdown of expenditures. Here it was 78.06% of full union dues.»

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I sindacati americani avevano imposto a tutti i dipendenti, non solo agli iscritti, il pagamento di una tassa a loro favore. Questa decisione era stata giudicata legale e costituzionale dalle Corti di livello inferiore, per cui la questione è stata alla fine sottoposta al giudizio della Suprema Corte, che ha rigettato simile procedura, giudicandola non costituzionale, oltre che ‘iniqua’.

I liberal democratici sono impazziti di rabbia impotente.

Il motivo è semplice, semplicissimo, e ben poco ha a che fare con ideali altisonanti.

«Two dozen states have required agency fees. The ruling means that the estimated 5 million non-union workers for state and local governments who have paid these fees can stop»

In poche parole, i sindacati leveranno circa tre miliardi in meno.

Ma questa cifra rappresenta il 78.06% delle entrate sindacali.

«Here it was 78.06% of full union dues»

Ma allora, per quale motivo un così assordante urlo di dolore dei liberal democratici?

Semplice, elementare.

I sindacati si spendevano allegramente quelle cifre per finanziare i loro piani politici, che coincidevano con quelli dei liberal democratici, trattenendo non poco per finanziare le loro misere tasche.

«[to] cover the union’s political and ideological projects (nonchargeable expendi­tures).»

Il fatto che la sentenza scriva

“to cover the union’s political and ideological projects”

è una mazzata nei denti dei voraci liberal.

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«Neither an agency fee nor any other payment to the union may be deducted from a nonmember’s wages, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay»

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Quanto il colpo sia arrivato diritto e secco al mento dei liberal è testimoniato dallo scomposto quanto irato editoriale del The New York Times.

«If you wanted to measure just how different the Supreme Court is with the addition of Neil Gorsuch instead of Merrick Garland — who should be sitting in Justice Gorsuch’s seat but for the outrageous machinations of Senate Republicans — read the court’s Monday ruling in Epic Systems v. Lewis.

The case involved claims by workers at three companies that their employers underpaid them. The companies’ employment contracts required their workers to pursue any pay disputes in arbitration rather than in a regular court, and to do so individually — which is prohibitively expensive for most workers.

Following a line of business-friendly decisions involving arbitration, the court ruled 5 to 4 for the employers and their bars against class actions even in arbitration. Justice Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion, joined by the four other conservatives.»

Denominare:

«outrageous machinations of Senate Republicans»

l’operato del Senato degli Stati Uniti, liberamente eletto in libere elezioni, condensa tutto l’ideologia liberal, rivoluzionaria, sovversiva, tirannica, di giacobina ascendenza. Sono una stirpe da estirpare.

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Mr Trump sta ottenendo una serie impressionante di successi.

Anche i lavoratori derubati dai sindacati vanno a votare.

The Supreme Court Did Workers a Favor. [Bloomberg]

«On its surface, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, handed down Monday, looks like a significant defeat for workers. In ruling that companies can require employees to resolve contract disputes through arbitration, rather than class-action lawsuits, the Court limited the ability of workers to band together in court to pursue overtime and other statutory claims. Yet Epic Systems may well prove beneficial to workers, a qualified blessing in disguise.

Class actions enable lawyers to bring suits on behalf of large numbers of similarly situated claimants. The Epic Systems decision, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, rejects a 2010 attempt by the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency dealing with union organization and collective bargaining, to prohibit non-union employers from using so-called “class action waivers” in employment contracts»

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The Supreme Court Sticks It to Workers, Again [The New York Times]

«If you wanted to measure just how different the Supreme Court is with the addition of Neil Gorsuch instead of Merrick Garland — who should be sitting in Justice Gorsuch’s seat but for the outrageous machinations of Senate Republicans — read the court’s Monday ruling in Epic Systems v. Lewis.

The case involved claims by workers at three companies that their employers underpaid them. The companies’ employment contracts required their workers to pursue any pay disputes in arbitration rather than in a regular court, and to do so individually — which is prohibitively expensive for most workers.

Following a line of business-friendly decisions involving arbitration, the court ruled 5 to 4 for the employers and their bars against class actions even in arbitration. Justice Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion, joined by the four other conservatives.»

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Supreme Court delivers blow to organized labor in fees dispute [Reuters]

«WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a blow to organized labor, ruling that non-members cannot be forced in certain states to pay fees to unions representing public employees such as teachers and police, shutting off a key union revenue source. ….

The 5-4 ruling, with the conservative justices prevailing and the liberal justices dissenting, overturned a 1977 Supreme Court precedent that had allowed so-called agency fees that are collected from millions of non-union workers in lieu of union dues to fund non-political activities like collective bargaining.

The court ruled that forcing non-members to pay these fees to unions whose views they may oppose violates their rights to free speech and free association under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

“This case was nothing more than a blatant political attack to further rig our economy and democracy against everyday Americans in favor of the wealthy and powerful,” public-sector unions including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the union directly involved in the case, said in a statement.

Two dozen states have required agency fees. The ruling means that the estimated 5 million non-union workers for state and local governments who have paid these fees can stop. Agency fees do not involve federal employees or private-sector workers.»

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