Unions, particularly public-sector unions, are not universally Democratic in their political engagements. But they do play politics with an eye toward assuring that public institutions are strong and functional—and this usually inclines them toward more progressive Democratic contenders. Strengthening the hand of unions maintains the commons. And it maintains democratic control over decisions made in our name as citizens.
John Nichols, for The Nation, writing on Thursday’s Supreme Court decision, which requires that public-employee unions get specific permission from employees to advance political agendas. Nichols sees thursday’s ruling as part of a wider pattern by the current court of advancing corporate interests at the expense of labor.