In addition to ruling that noted corporate-person Mr. Hobby Lobby needn’t sully his immaculate digits with snowflake baby blood by providing contraception coverage to his female employees, the US Supreme Court also ruled today that state-paid home caregivers who received a whopping salary increase and benefits as a result of union negotiations on their behalf can choose to be freeloading scabs.
Some see the ruling as the thin wedge that will eventually make all public sector workplaces “right to work” shops. This prospect makes plutocrats like the Koch Bros. and Walton heirs polish their monocles energetically and spin the tips of their waxed mustaches with glee since the rise of public sector unions have kept the union movement from collapsing altogether in the US.
It’s not like the court hasn’t made a narrow ruling before only to come back and essentially gut a critical protection (Voting Rights Act, anyone?). TPM has an excerpt of Justice Kagan’s good news-bad news dissent to the majority decision.
Ah well. It may ultimately prove to be a Pyrrhic victory eventually. Knitting needle and blade-sharpening futures may rise.