The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Supreme Court:
Liberals & Conservatives against Retirees

Feb 2, 2015

The Supreme Court just ruled–9 - 0–that a company could make cuts in retirees’ lifetime medical benefits. In the case of Point Pleasant Polyester in Apple Grove, West Virginia, the United Steelworkers won retiree health care in the 1990s. Then the company was sold to an Italian company in 2000, which decided to cut the retiree health benefit the employees had won.

All four liberal justices sided with the conservative justices against the retirees. This follows their taking the side of the reactionary justices a couple of weeks before, giving Amazon the right to force workers to wait a long time in a security line unpaid.

Before presidential elections, workers are told a Democrat must be elected to prevent a conservative from being appointed to the Supreme Court. On certain issues, the liberals may vote differently than the conservatives. But on issues involving workers versus bosses, all the justices are solidly on the bosses’ side.