Actor, activist, and union member Bradley Whitford narrates this powerful documentary about Supreme Court cases that threaten to undermine the rights of working Americans – and how we can fight back.
There was a time when our federal courts defended the rights of all Americans. But powerful corporate interests have changed that. They’ve spent decades working to reshape our judiciary (especially the Supreme Court) into one that would reinforce and deepen inequality rather than remedy it.
As a strong counterweight promoting equality and opportunity, the labor movement has been fighting back. That has put it in the cross-hairs of these corporate interests who want more for the top one percent at the expense of everyone else.
The 2014 case Harris v. Quinn demonstrates what’s at stake. The case concerned home care providers, who saw their benefits, training, and wages increase dramatically after coming together as a union. And that improved the quality of care for the vulnerable Americans they serve. But the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, led by Justice Samuel Alito, limited these workers’ ability to join together and have a voice in their workplace. Through the stories of two home care providers, Lidia Rodriguez and Alantris Muhammad, The Right to Unite shows us what the lives of these care providers are like, what their unions mean to them, and why their fight is our fight.
The corporate interests that pushed Harris v. Quinn to the Supreme Court are not stopping with home care workers. They’ve brought another case this term, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, that could undermine the rights of all public employees to organize in effective unions – and that could lower the standard of living for all working Americans.
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