In perhaps the greatest achievement of Scalia's otherwise deeply damaging professional life that revolved around the complete decimation of working people and the enrichment of the wealthy, public sector unions can keep their system of collecting fees from workers.
Why? Because Scalia's recent death meant he couldn't vote to stop it.
Today, a split Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling in a case that threatened the very existence of public-sector unions in America. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a group of California school teachers had challenged the legality of “fair share”, arguing that the fees violated their First Amendment rights (while of course getting all the benefits of union membership that include discounted healthcare, child benefits and financial services, without paying any of the costs).
Scalia would have no doubt voted in favor of the Californian teachers, tipping the balance of the court and doing permanent damage to the organized labor movement in America that is already under serious threat.
While conservatives might think this opinion a little distasteful in the wake of his death, those who have been subjected to the consequences of Justice Scalia's rulings might disagree. The activist judge has been on the wrong side of every major issue for the past 30 years, and paved the way for a political era defined my unlimited money in the political process and the rapid destruction of working class life in America. Now he is gone, the country finally has a chance to join other industrialized nations that encourage healthy unionism and collective bargaining for the good of all their people.