The day labor has been dreading is here: the Janus v AFSCME case was decided by the Supreme Court, and the public sector is now officially “right-to-work.” What does this actually mean? What did the Court rule, and what can we look forward to (or dread) next? Labor law professor Charlotte Garden, who submitted an amicus brief in the case and attended oral arguments, joins us to explain what happened and what the fallout might be.
We also look at a new domestic worker bill of rights introduced in Seattle, actions by Marriott workers around the country, Trump’s bonkers proposal to combine the departments of Labor and Education, and the impact of giving immigrants legal representation in deportation proceedings. For Argh, we look at tech workers’ rebellion against Trumpism and alternative ways to go on strike.
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Sarah: Who’s Protecting Home Care Workers in The #Metoo Era? (Dame)
Legal Representation in Immigration Courts Leads to Better Outcomes, Economic Stability (New Jersey Policy Perspective)
Trump Wants to Drastically Alter the Education Dept. Here’s What You Need to Know. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Charlotte Garden: This Supreme Court made it easier for conservatives to win First Amendment claims, but harder for liberals (NBC News THINK)
Charlotte Garden: The Deregulatory First Amendment at Work (Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Review)
Sarah: With Janus, the Court Deals Unions a Crushing Blow. What Next? (New York Times)
Michelle: Regardless of How the Supreme Court Rules in ‘Janus,’ Labor Needs to Get More Militant (The Nation)
Sarah and Michelle: Belabored #72: The Right to Work for Less, with Elizabeth Shermer (Dissent)
Sarah and Michelle: Belabored #136: Countdown to Janus, with Andy Stettner (Dissent)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Sarah: Alex Press, How Silicon Valley workers are revolting against Trump’s immigration policy (Vox)
Michelle: Mark Engler, There’s More Than One Way to Strike the Boss (Jacobin)