Janus v. AFSCME: The Future of the American Dream

In America, the Supreme Court’s ruling that non-members of unions do not have to pay dues, counter to the argument that they benefit from collective pay negotiations, for the same roles, reveals this about working in America. Firstly that future-executives might occupy the same positions today as union members with a hope of negotiating their own pay as they move up in the corporation. Secondly it is a furtherance of a free market and free country to choose the way of life you want to lead; union members choose not to be executives.

Today’s modern corporation is just as varied in tone and motive. By their actions, some have a view that other people’s workers are their customers, workers are overhead that can be reduced by innovation and executives are successful when they accomplish balance sheet goals while not running foul of the local government. It gets worse for the worker if a company is part of a conglomerate with a stake in multiple poker games.

Toyota is not a good example of contemporary corporations which are part of an investment strategy. So that Toyota is the exception of how corporations will treat workers. Toyota only makes cars and has nothing to sell off to make up for stupid risks.

Workers have always been a promoter of their corporation in order to ensure the security of their jobs. And it is a Catch-22. Promote what you make or loss jobs.

The certified professional wants a life like the union member but lets their qualifications negotiate for them. They are a type of organized labor that accepts no less for medical knowledge and other forms of organized advanced knowledge.

A skills gap might exist at the nexus between executives, union members and certified professionals, because which ever American Dream a person choose to pursue, to earn money requires a disciplined way of life that helps maintain health in order to work. Unions keep their group of workers in the best shape possible, as do professional accrediting bodies and executive business schools.

Janus v. AFSCME ruling preserves freedom of choice to choose an individual’s version of the dream by way of work.