MARCH 29, 2016
The Supreme Court announced today, their 4-4 split ruling to uphold the lower court’s decision in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (Friedrichs) case. Friedrichs threatened the ability of Unions, including our own, to provide collective bargaining services.
“Apart from the huge potential impact the case had on the provision of field services, it was a direct attack on our fundamental principals to help workers bargain for fair wages, hours, working conditions and benefits,” said State Director Dayton M. Nakanelua.
“While the split decision is positive news for our Union, the decision signals something more pressing on the American Agenda,” continued Nakanelua. “The case, apparently not the first split since the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, highlights the compelling need for the US Senate to begin their constitutionally required Advise and Consent Process in President Barak Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.”