For our allies in the labor movement, next week is a crucial time: In Harris v. Quinn, the U. S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case affecting nothing less than the right to collectively bargain in the U.S. And this case may be just as dangerous to our democracy as the pro-corporate speech politics that led to the Citizens United decision in 2010.
This lawsuit is a direct attack aimed at curbing the power of unions, which in essence silences the voice of the middle class and those living in poverty. Unions exist to protect the rights and to lift the wages and benefits of workers. We should be applauding those efforts, not seeking to derail them.
-- Prof. Cecil E. Canton, Sacramento