Liberals have suffered a string of defeats at the hands of United States Supreme Court this week.
And the latest Supreme Court ruling is terrifying liberals.
In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court just ruled that government workers are no longer forced to give a portion of their paycheck to a government union as a condition of working in public service.
The Supreme Court ruled government workers are protected under the First Amendment from being forced to join a union, as it is a violation of their rights to free speech and freedom of association.
This means any public employee not currently living in one of the 28 states with Right to Work laws, which protect both private and public sectors from being forced to join a union, now have that same right.
An estimated more than 5 million government workers will be affected by this Supreme Court ruling.
Union bosses across the nation are worried hundreds of thousands of government workers will exercise their new-found right and withdraw their union membership as a result.
While union bosses are worried their forced-dues funded organizations will shrink in size, progressives are more worried about how this will affect the midterm elections.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman and President Obama’s former Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, declared losing this case will “make it next to impossible for public-sector labor unions to organize.”
Perez is referring to the fact that thousands of union bosses organize for Democrats every election cycle.
The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is the largest trade union of public employees in the United States.
AFSCME union boss Naomi Walker commented on Janus by warning, “The progressive infrastructure in this country, from think tanks to advocacy organizations – which depends on the resources and engagement of workers and their unions – will crumble.”
Gara LaMarche, the president of the progressive organization Democracy Alliance, called the union fees collected through forced unions, “a key anchor of funding for progressive campaigns and causes.”
A similar case was expected by legal scholars to strike down forced-unionism in the public sector in 2016.
However, Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death resulted in a 4-4 split in that particular case, but ultimately left the door open for today’s ruling.
With Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court on the heels of President Trump’s 2016 victory, the nation’s highest court took up another case to free public workers from forced unionism.
The plaintiff, Mark Janus, issued a statement prior to the Supreme Court’s oral arguments earlier this year declaring, “Government workers like me should not have to bear the burden of supporting political and policy causes we disagree with in order to serve our communities and state.”
“The right to say ‘no’ to a union is just as important as the right to say ‘yes,’ but for over 40 years, government workers have been denied that right,” Janus added.
With free legal aid from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and the Illinois-based Liberty Justice Center, Mark Janus filed this case arguing that as a child care specialist working for the state, his First Amendment rights were being violated.
And the Supreme Court agreed.