U.S. Supreme Court

Fighting Forward in 2018

The planning process for any group can seem a bit like sausage-making. Without a roadmap, however, it is impossible to move forward when faced with escalating challenges on multiple fronts, from Hartford to Washington and in local communities across Connecticut. That's precisely why state federation leaders last summer embarked on a comprehensive effort to develop a strategic plan to build a more active and engaged "union of professionals" in 2018.
 

Demanding Answers from Judge Gorsuch

The Senate's Judiciary Committee on Monday will convene confirmation hearings in Washington, D.C. for President Trump's nominee to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS). The impact of the eventual vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch's bid cannot be overstated. That's why union members are joining with consumer, social justice and women's rights advocates to ensure federal lawmakers fulfill their constitutional "advice and consent" duties.
 
Click here to urge Connecticut's U.S. Senators demand Judge Gorsuch reveal where he stands on the issues.
 

A Supreme Court Vacancy: No Time to Rest Easy

The news of Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden passing on Saturday has raised important questions about cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The unjust Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) lawsuit no longer appears headed to a likely defeat for our unions and the wider labor movement in America. Still, some legal experts are predicting it to be re-argued once the vacancy on the high court is filled.
 
Click here for the latest update from a high court analyst.
 

Our Right to Work Together Under Assault

With the U.S. Supreme Court set Monday to hear oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), efforts are underway to expose the case's threats to all working people. Union members on Wednesday attempted to deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures to the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Center for Individual Rights (CIR), one of the special interests behind the lawsuit.
 
Click here for a brief video of the petition delivery.
 

Voice for All Workers at Risk in High Court Case

Union leaders are expressing disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to hear arguments in a case challenging fees that support wage increases and benefits for non-member workers. A majority agreed to take up Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), which endangers the legal precedent allowing "fair share" fees to support public sector unions' collective bargaining costs.
 
Click here for press coverage of the court's decision.
 

Court Decision on Affordable Care Act is Win for Working Families

The U.S. Supreme Court got it right on access to affordable healthcare in its ruling released today in the King v. Burwell case. In a 6 to 3 decision the majority of justices upheld key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the law enacted in 2010 that expanded coverage to millions of Americans.
 
Click here for press coverage with a Connecticut perspective.
 

Labor History Lesson: The Abood Decision

Most of the gains that organized labor has made are due to courageous and principled stands by working men and women. In his latest "Vocational Instructor" labor history column, AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy acknowledges the important role that the courts have also played in shaping our rights:
 
 
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