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The Better Deal That America’s Workers Deserve

Author David Madland explains how state and local policymakers can help American workers resist recent efforts to limit their ability to act collectively.

The Supreme Court is poised in its 2017 term to decide several key cases that will have a major impact on the working conditions Americans face. Now that Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s ultra-conservative, pro-corporate appointee, has joined the court, most analysts are predicting losses for workers’ ability to take collective action.

People need to be able to band together to get a fair shake in their dealings with powerful corporations and large government bureaucracies, yet the Supreme Court is likely to make it much harder for them to do so by distorting existing laws and engaging in pro-corporate judicial activism. These cases should serve as a call to action for policymakers—especially those at the state and local level of government—to assert that workers have the right to join together to improve their workplaces and communities.

The above excerpt was originally published in Governing. Click here to view the full article.

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Authors

David Madland

Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project