Federal Ruling Shows That Organized Labor Can Still Win
Unions have experienced a string of setbacks this year. The Supreme Court enabled employers to preemptively bar workers from collective bargaining. Organizations ostensibly standing up for the social good have engaged in union-busting. Additionally, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is certain to pursue his deeply anti-union agenda if and when he is confirmed.
A recent ruling in a federal court against Donald Trump’s anti-union executive orders has given organizers a brief respite from the torrent of bad news. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued a ruling last Friday stating that Trump “has overstepped his bounds” by targeting labor rights guaranteed by law. The executive orders in question sought to limit the amount of time federal workers could spend on union related matters and make it easier to fire federal employees.
Following a spate of setbacks, this development signals that the movement for robust labor rights is far from over and that institutional victories for organized labor are still possible.
In perhaps the greatest sign of labor’s enduring strength, activists have continued their important work fighting for greater economic security and workplace justice throughout this tumultuous year. Nonprofit childcare workers in Chicago, for example, displayed this resilience in March when they went on a wildcat strike to protest dismal working conditions that result in unsustainable turnover rates (link to past post).