The ICEBLOG wishes all of you a Merry Christmas and for those who don't celebrate a great holiday season. I am waiting for my kids to wake up and for the chaos to begin as they open their gifts.
Christmas morning is truly one of the joyful moments of parenthood. Since my kids are eight and three, this is one of the best mornings of the year.
I'm having a difficult time this morning thinking about the school wars and the uncertain times ahead with the Janus Supreme Court decision coming in 2018. The Court in all likelihood will make the public sector a place where union dues are optional throughout the United States based on free speech grounds.
We now know that oral arguments in Janus will be held on February 26, 2018. The unions should lose the case within a few months after that.
The question now is how will the public sector unions survive after the decision? Judging from comments here, many UFT members would say bye, bye UFT if, or should I say when, given the opportunity.
We need a union folks, as much now as ever. I understand that people despise our union's leaders but for a look at what life in the United States is like without unions, please read this piece in the Washington Post which basically describes the present and future of our country without pensions.
The unions in New York State came together and preserved our pensions this year in November by convincing a huge majority of voters to reject by a huge margin a constitutional convention that could have put our pensions at risk. If we can harness that energy in 2018, maybe we can actually revitalize the union movement.
That's enough for today as the kids are about to wake up so enjoy the day.