The Supreme Court just hit unions with a devastating loss that will forever alter their annoying strikes

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For years unions have had a free pass for nearly anything they do during a strike.

But now the tide against unions is finally starting to turn.

And the Supreme Court just hit unions with a devastating loss that will forever alter their annoying strikes.

The rise of unions

Right to Work legislation has been an essential component to the success and growth of the United States.

Since the nation’s founding, citizens have been able to make the most of their worth through their hands and god-given abilities.

As common as the Right to Work is these days, it was a revolutionary thought two hundred years ago.

When the United States expanded so did the need for workers reform.

And with worker reforms came the implosion of unions.

Unions have been the focal point for debate on their effectiveness.

But ultimately, what unions were, and what they are today, are vastly different, as now unions are mostly just another cog in the Democrat political machine.

And over the years, unions have shown their ability to be violent and destructive towards companies.

So when unions strike, they want a company to feel their pain, which ultimately leads to property damage and massive losses.

And for years, company losses caused by the unions were ignored by the justice system.

Essentially, unions were given a “get out of jail free” card through the National Labor Relations Act.

Now, the Supreme Court just gave a devastating blow to unions’ “get out of jail free” card that will ultimately affect what they do for years to come.

Unions are finally not above the law

A couple of years ago, cement truck drivers for Glacier Northwest went on strike.

And when the truck drivers went on strike, they left the cement they had in their trucks for various job sites, and walked off the job.

This caused Glacier Northwest to suffer damages as they had to let the cement dry and toss it all out.

So Glacier Northwest sued the union for the losses and damages caused by the strike.

And in an eight-to-one decision in Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 174, the Supreme Court ruled that the National Labor Relations Act does not shield a union from liability to damage they intentionally cause a company to suffer.

“Because the union took affirmative steps to endanger Glacier’s property rather than reasonable precautions to mitigate that risk, the NLRA does not arguably protect its conduct,” Justice Amy Barrett wrote in the Court’s majority opinion.

The lone dissenter, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, claimed that this ruling, “risks erosion of the right to strike.”

One of the fears businesses have with unions is the probability that they will suffer harm and damages because of the actions of employees striking.

This finally gives companies the upper hand when dealing with employees who purposefully cause damage.

Only time will tell how this affects strikes, but unions are already fuming over the fact that they are no longer above the law anymore.

Should unions be responsible for damages caused by a strike?