That’s because the lineup of justices on the High Court – 5-4 GOP-named – makes it probable, if not likely, that every single state and local government worker in the country could be a potential “free rider” after the tribunal issues its decision in Janus v AFSCME District Council 31.
The leaders of the four unions are confident they’ll triumph in the controversial case, which started in Illinois. The court hears oral arguments on it on Feb. 26.
But to show the justices where the public is, Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, Lily Eskelsen-Garcia of the National Education Association, Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees and Lee Saunders of AFSCME also said backers will mobilize for a Nationwide Day of Action on the issue two days before, on Saturday, Feb. 24.
And, under questioning at a Feb. 7 press conference, they described the nuts and bolts of internal organizing they’re undertaking in case they lose. There’s a high probability of that: The court tied 4-4 on a virtually identical case two years ago, and new Justice Neil Gorsuch, named by GOP President Donald Trump, has been extremely anti-worker in his rulings in lower courts.