Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Worker Protections While Expanding Rights of Corporations
Washington, D.C.--Today, the Supreme Court expanded the rights of corporations in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby while further limiting protections for hard working Americans in Harris v. Quinn, an ongoing practice that pits the wealthy and well-connected against everyday people.
"Today's decision in Harris v. Quinn is not only a blow to hard-working home care workers, but part of a concerted effort to limit the voices of everyday Americans," said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Public Campaign. "Whether it's attacking collective bargaining, overturning voting rights protections, or giving corporations and billionaires unlimited ability to influence elections, the Roberts-led Court has repeatedly sided with the wealthiest and most powerful among us."
While the decision did not go as far as some anticipated, it invites "a further challenge in the future" that could "decimate union finances and memberships." The Harris case was brought forward by the National Right to Work Committee Legal Defense Foundation. The group, along with the National Right to Work Committee, has strong ties to billionaires Charles and David Koch and their network of major political donors, whose clout has been greatly enhanced by the Roberts Court's rulings in Citizens United, McCutcheon and other recent decisions.
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