Historian Rewrites History of Janus

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

An historian from the University of Cincinatti-Blue Ash claims that the Janus decision that nullified the agency fees non-members have to pay to unions is a right-wing fantasy but he may have some fantastic notions of his own. “The Supreme Court’s attack on the labor movement last week by the five Republican justices was an unjust act rooted entirely in politics and having nothing to do with the Constitution,” John McNay writes in the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). “It is a right-wing fantasy to suggest that everything public union members do is a political act. With the increasing corporate model our government agencies and state institutions have adopted, our public unions are not involved in speech but simply defending their workers.”

“Illustrating the duplicity of the court, consider that by the same 5-4 margin, the justices have determined that while paying Fair Share fees is seen as un-Constitutional, there is nothing wrong with the corporate board rooms politically spending profits – generated by their employees – to advocate against the interests of those very same working people.”