Gabriel Thompson

Gabriel Thompson is an independent journalist who has written for publications that include The New York Times, Harper's, New York, Slate, and The Nation. His most recent book is Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture.

Recent Articles

What Will Become of California's Progressivism If the Court Sides with Janus?

The Supreme Court is expected to side in Janus v. AFSCME against public-sector unions, a key force in bringing the state’s progressive ballot initiatives to victory.

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(AP Photo/Reed Saxon) A man hands out signs at a rally in support of Prop 30 at Los Angeles City College on October 11, 2012. Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. Mark Janus, an Illinois child-support worker, will soon argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that his free-speech rights have been violated because he must pay “agency fees” to a union that negotiates contracts on his behalf. Last year, California elementary school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs made the same First Amendment arguments at the high court against the teachers association to which she paid agency fees. The court deadlocked on Friedrichs’s complaint following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, but his replacement, Justice Neil Gorsuch, is widely expected to cast a decisive vote in favor of Janus and against public-sector unions in Janus v. American Federation of State,...