Jul 3, 2014
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions that affect millions of workers, and predominantly women workers.
In Harris v. Quinn, the Court decided that workers who provide direct care assistance to the elderly and children are only "partial public employees" and can't be required to pay their fair share. This limits the power of these workers, mostly women, to bargain collectively. See story: Supreme Court Undermines the Ability of Direct Care Workers to Bargain Collectively.
In Hobby Lobby, the Court also determined that women workers could be discriminated against when it comes to health care coverage, although the 5-4 majority opinion didn't read that way. That decision permits employers in closely held companies, which employ more than 52 percent of the nation's workforce, to be able to dictate the health care coverage of women workers regarding contraception.
This leaves only women with union representation with the ability to safeguard their benefits and make their own decisions.
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