Ohio Union: Is Harris v. Quinn the New Dred Scott?

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Ohio teachers’ mandatory Ohio Education Association (OEA) dues helped publicize an insane Alternet post this week titled, “Is SCOTUS’s Harris v. Quinn Ruling on a New Version of the Infamous Dred Scott Decision?”

“The decision takes aim at public-sector workers because they are the leading source of employment for people of color and women,” the subtitle of union organizer Jane McAlevey’s OEA-promoted Alternet story asserted.

The “public-sector workers” in question? Illinois home healthcare providers who sued to stop Service Employees International Union (SEIU) from skimming union dues out of their Medicaid benefits.

In its Harris v. Quinn decision last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that SEIU cannot take forced dues from the workers because they are not government employees by any rational definition of the term.

In its 1856 Scott v. Sandford decision, the Court ruled that slave Dred Scott was not a citizen and had no right to sue for his freedom despite having lived in a free territory.

The parallels were clear to McAlevey, who wrote, “the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v Quinn smacks of a new three fifths rule by declaring the fastest growing occupation in the nation, an occupation dominated by people of color and women, as ‘partial’ or ‘quasi’ public employees.”

Yes, you read that correctly: the Court’s recognition that receiving entitlement benefits does not make someone a public employee from whom unions can take forced dues “smacks of” treating black Americans as three-fifths of a person.

McAlevey also made a point of smearing Right to Work laws — which protect workers’ freedom to choose whether to pay union bosses — as the product of racism.

“All states which were previously slave-state strongholds quickly enacted the right-to-work framework, making sure Black workers in their states couldn’t build the kind of organizations that could challenge or significantly change a racist, Jim Crow regime in the workplace,” McAlevey asserted.

OEA found her delusional screed so compelling, the union shared the story on both its Twitter feed and its Facebook page.


“Very provocative,” OEA wrote on Facebook. That’s one way to put it.

Earlier in the week, OEA pushed an American Constitution Society for Law and Policy analysis of Harris v. Quinn accompanied by an SEIU propaganda graphic:


In other words, workers should be forced to pay union bosses because otherwise they might hurt themselves by refusing to pay union bosses.

Ohio educators’ forced OEA dues also helped the union spread a Media Matters for America hit piece on Fox News and the Koch brothers this week:


Both Media Matters and American Constitution Society are funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros, and are “Aligned Network Organizations” of the leftist dark-money group Democracy Alliance.