Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court Decision Likely to Cripple Unions, Further Empowers Corporations

June 27, 2018

Today’s Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Supreme Court ruling means that millions of public employees will have the ability to opt out of financially supporting unions, even though their unions must continue to bargain on their behalf.

Janus is modeled after so-called “right to work” private sector laws in 28 states. In those states, median household incomes are $8,174 less than in non-right to work states, people under 65 are 46 percent more likely to be uninsured, infant mortality rates are 12 percent higher, and workplace deaths occur 49 percent more often, according to National Nurses United, a labor union strongly opposed to the decision.

The Billion-Dollar Business of Operating Shelters for Migrant Children

June 21, 2018

The nonprofit Southwest Key Programs has won at least $955 million in federal contracts since 2015 to run shelters and provide other services to immigrant children in federal custody. Its shelter for migrant boys at a former Walmart Supercenter in South Texas has been the focus of nationwide scrutiny, but Southwest Key is but one player in the lucrative, secretive world of the migrant-shelter business. About a dozen contractors operate more than 30 facilities in Texas alone, with numerous others contracted for about 100 shelters in 16 other states.