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Supreme Court to Hear Case that Threatens Public Health and Undermines Workers' Voice

Big corporations and anti-worker groups just got a big break. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review and act on a Court of Appeals decision, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), which seeks to undermine workers by barring unions that represent public employees – including 3,000 of your colleagues at ONA represented state and county facilities – from charging fair share fees for those who choose not to join but still receive all the benefits of collective bargaining.

Behind the Court of Appeal’s decision, Friedrichs v. CTA, are large corporate anti-worker groups and a national network led by multinational corporation owners, the Koch Brothers, who believe workers should not have a collective voice in the workplace.

If the Court sides with the billionaires and corporations, ONA members’ ability to speak out collectively on behalf of patients would be dramatically restricted. In addition, it would greatly impair our ability to elect strong leaders, and cripple our capacity to sponsor effective legislation such as the hospital nurse staffing legislation (Senate Bill 469, 2015) or Nurse Practitioner payment parity.

“This is about silencing those who seek to use their collective power to make improvements in health care and working conditions,” said ONA President Katy Cooper BSN, RN. “We can’t let that happen.”

This is a priority for ONA. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll engage members to fight for our ability to retain our collective power, as trusted advocates for patient safety, optimum working conditions and improvements to vital health care services our patients and communities need and deserve.

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