On Sunday night, the leaders of America’s public-sector labor unions will sleep fitfully, if they manage to sleep at all. The source of their anxiety — brewing now for months — is the Supreme Court’s impending decision in Harris v. Quinn, expected to be handed down Monday morning alongside Hobby Lobby, the more high-profile birth control case. In a worst-case scenario for labor and the left, Harris v. Quinn has the potential to cripple public-sector unions, according to the Huffington Post.
How bad could the Supreme Court decision be for unions? Consider that in the two years after Walker ended compulsory union membership in his state, the American Federation of Teachers lost 65 percent of its statewide members and the National Education Association shrank by 19 percent. Other public-sector unions also took big hits, with revenue plunging by 40 percent or more, according to Politico.
The ruling expected Monday will resolve a class-action lawsuit brought by eight health workers in Illinois who care for disabled patients in private homes. The workers are paid at least in part by the state, through the Medicaid program.
Public school teachers are already screaming in California about another court decision, which gutted teacher tenure. Now you can bet they will be very upset if the Supreme Court frees union workers from their captivity.