July 30th, 2015
When news broke that the Supreme Court would hear Friedrichs v.
California Teachers Association, headlines instantly projected the
worst, calling it “The Supreme Court Case That Could Decimate American
Public Sector Unionism,” “An Existential Threat,” and even “The End of
Hyperbole aside, a decision that makes the whole public sector “right
to work” could be devastating. But it won’t make unions powerless.
After all, public sector workers didn’t always have legal protection to
unionize, bargain, or strike, much less enforce agency shop. Not too
far back in history, they won those rights—by organizing without them.