Neil Gorsuch Era Begins With Controversial Case

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The newest Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, will soon participate in deciding whether a 1977 Supreme Court decision, allowing state and local government unions to collect “fair share fees” from nonmembers, will be overturned.

Janus v. American Federation could deliver the destruction of public unions by making every state, at least in part, right-to-work states.

In 2014, a 5-4 ruling restricted fair share obligations to full-time government employees, but following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the court voted 4-4, creating a deadlock on a similar case.

The Democratic Party has used public union support to win elections for decades. If the unions are dismantled, the Democratic Party and their “army on the ground” would be destroyed, according to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

The newest justice is facing criticism for speaking at an event before the conservative group, Fund for American Studies, held at the Trump Hotel. A small group of protesters showed up to protest Gorsuch for speaking at a venue owned by the man who put him in office.

Speaking for NARAL Pro-Choice America, Josh Orton said that Gorsuch’s appearance at the hotel might make people skeptical of Supreme Court decisions if they are perceived to be impacted by politics.

Gorsuch was nominated by Donald J. Trump in January 2017 and confirmed by the Senate in April.

Television cameras were barred from the event, and the justice was not paid for his appearance.

By Laurel Fee
Edited by Jeanette Smith

Sources:

Salon: Neil Gorsuch is preparing to deal a deathblow to public unions
CNN Politics: Neil Gorsuch speech at Trump hotel draws protests

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