Recent decisions from the US Supreme Court are a stark reminder of the hostile climate that American unions face in the twenty- first century. In May 2018 the court ruled that employers could force workers to sign “class action waivers” that would prevent them from using collective lawsuits to address employment issues. The following month in the infamous Janus decision the court overturned an earlier ruling that required nonmembers of public sector unions to pay “fair share” fees to cover things like grievances and health and safety. Labor advocates rightly point out that such decisions pose a serious threat to workers and unions in America, hindering employees’ efforts to obtain justice and undermining unions’ ability to function (Ariane de Vogue and Clare Foran, “Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Public Sector Unions,” CNNPolitics, www.cnn.com/2018/06/27/politics/supreme-court-union-fees-decision/index.html [accessed September 8, 2018]).

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