The Supreme Court vs.The Labor Movement

The Supreme Court is an incredibly powerful institution whose rulings are meant to reflect the fundamental values of our nation. However, over the past decade the Supreme Court has stacked the deck against working people by dealing a number of major blows to the labor movement.

In June 2018, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled 5-4 against workers in the famous Janus vs. AFSCME case, making it more difficult for unions to collect dues from all workers who benefit from collective bargaining. These dues are the lifeblood that powers the work and organizing power of all labor unions.

This devastating ruling was just one in a long line of decisions that are anti-labor and anti-collective bargaining. For the past decade, rulings have been increasingly going against the labor force and making it easier for large corporations and special interests to wield power


SCOTUS has shifted in a more conservative direction over the past decade, with two lifetime appointments by President Donald Trump pushing the Court even further to the right. While both Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh are relatively new to the Court, they both have a demonstrated track record of ruling against working people and favoring the interests of big businesses and corporations.

Chief Justice John Roberts

Justice Clarence Thomas

Justice Stephen Breyer

Justice Samuel Alito

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Elena Kagan

Justice Neil Gorsuch

Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Justice Amy Coney Barrett