David Frederick—representing the union defendants in this case— explained to the Court why it is important to preserve the compromise reached in Abood, and what the real-world effects of overturning the decision would be for millions of public sector workers and the people who depend on them every day for services. Justice Scalia’s response? “It doesn’t mean anything to me.” Justice Kennedy, in addition, accused the union of trying to silence a small but ardent group of anti-union detractors. The sad irony is that by ruling in favor of these detractors, the Court would actually be silencing the collective voice of millions of union workers across the country—all over a case that was already decided 40 years ago.