A blow to millions of American workers by Trump’s conservative packed Supreme Court
Welcome to legalized wage theft
May 22, 2018
If you're a working stiff then you can thank the right-wing packed US Supreme Court for a ruling that one day may take food out of your child's mouth.
(NATIONAL) – if you’re one of the working class folks in this country that voted for Donald Trump thinking he was going to watch out for YOUR interests, brother did you just get hosed for buying into the by-now standard DT con game.
The US Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to millions of American workers, “In the first of two major disputes this term pitting corporations against labor unions,” is the way USA Today put it.
Trump's now conservative weighted and leaning Supreme Court issued a 5–4 decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis which allows employers to deprive their workers of their right to sue collectively. That takes food money right out of the mouths of working class families.
Its ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, “blasts a massive hole through post–New Deal labor law, hobbling employees’ ability to recover in court when their employers underpay them,” said a report at Slate.com titled, "Neil Gorsuch Just Demolished Labor Rights: His decision, a frontal attack on the New Deal, effectively legalizes wage theft."
The Slate story says (correctly) it’s hard to overstate how devastating the ruling in Epic Systems is to labor rights in this country and just how far “Gorsuch strays from federal law in order to implement his preferred economic policy.”
The story, by Mark J. Stern is just packed with not only facts but searing, righteous indignation. Among other things it notes:
In one of the most furious dissents of her career, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tore into the majority for insisting that it was not “substitut[ing] its preferred economic policies for those chosen by the people’s representatives.” She accused Gorsuch of returning the Supreme Court to the Lochner era, when the justices routinely struck down workers’ rights under a dubious theory of economic liberty. The “edict that employees with wage and hours claims may seek relief only one-by-one,” she wrote, “does not come from Congress.” Instead, it is “the result of take-it-or-leave-it labor contracts harking back to the type called ‘yellow dog,’ and of the readiness of this Court to enforce those unbargained-for agreements. The FAA demands no such suppression of the right of workers to take concerted action for their ‘mutual aid or protection.’ ”
And then this: “Gorsuch’s opinion in Epic System will have an immediate impact on workers. It effectively legalizes low-level wage theft; Juno Turner, a partner at the workers’ rights firm Outten & Golden, told me that it “gives a free pass for companies to break the law,” because “employers can now cheat workers with little risk that employees will enforce their rights.” The decision was predictable—the Supreme Court’s conservatives have already eviscerated the right ofconsumers to file class actions—but it is still nothing less than catastrophic for workers across the country.”
It’s a solid, on fire read about how a right wing US Supreme Court can begin to (easily) start dismantling decades of of hard earned worker rights gained both in collective bargaining and under Roosevelt’s New Deal.
If you’re a working man or woman, you should be crying in your beer tonight. Find the Slate piece here .