There are a few responses appearing online from unions and groups that support them. The most organized one I’ve seen is the video posted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren which contains statements from four major union leaders. The theme of this clip is that the system is rigged.
“Powerful people have been rigging the system against workers for a long time now,” Warren says. She adds, “And the Supreme Court has just handed them a huge victory in Janus vs. AFSCME.”
That’s followed by statements from four union leaders: Lee Saunders of AFSCME, Lily Eskelsen Garcia of the NEA, Randi Weingarten of AFT, and Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO. The clip closes with Warren saying, “We’re not going anywhere.” Watch as much of this as you can take.
Corporate interests have been rigging the system against workers for decades – and the Supreme Court just handed those interests a huge victory in #Janus v. AFSCME. But I’ve got news for the billionaires behind this case: we’re not going anywhere. #Union pic.twitter.com/LAxpB1k3iY
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 27, 2018
There are several more clips like this out there, i.e. union members or leaders promising defiance and solidarity in the face of adversity. But if history is any guide, solidarity will not rule the day in the absence of coercion. Here’s what happened in Wisconsin after the state passed a right-to-work law called Act 10 in 2011:
The laws that have lifted the yoke of compulsory union membership off the backs of Wisconsin workers have empowered employees in the public and private sectors to walk away from big labor.
And they have done so in droves – even in the metropolitan area of the People’s Republic of Madison, where the union membership rate has sunk to 5.4 percent…
The most recent data show union membership statewide has declined from 354,882 members in 2010 to 218,233 in 2016, a decline of 38.5 percent.
Finally, you’ll notice that one thing Elizabeth Warren never mentions is what the Janus decision actually means. Here’s Mark Janus, the plaintiff in the case, giving the bottom line this morning after the decision was announced: “It’s up to the worker to decide what they want for themselves, not some other, larger entity.”
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 27, 2018
Wow, that didn’t take long to explain at all. I wonder why Elizabeth Warren couldn’t fit this into her video clip somewhere? It’s probably because it shows her entire premise is a lie. When the left talks about “solidarity,” what they actually mean is compulsory solidarity where they take your money whether you like it or not. A system where workers choose whether or not to participate with their time and money is the opposite of a rigged system. But I guess it’s no surprise that the progressive left considers giving workers more control of their own money a national tragedy.