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Unions Release Statements on Janus

Unions release statements after the Supreme Court decides to hear Janus v AFSCME

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by Kate Hogan on
Sep 29, 2017

On September 28th, the Supreme Court announced that they will take up the Janus v. AFSCME case. This case concerns a union’s right to collect fair share dues from employees who chose not to be in the union. Many unions have released statements concerning the case. We at UCOMM have listed a few of them below:

  • “This case is yet another example of corporate interests using their power and influence to launch a political attack on working people and rig the rules of the economy in their own favor. When working people are able to join strong unions, they have the strength in numbers they need to fight for the freedoms they deserve, like access to quality health care, retirement security and time off work to care for a loved one. The merits of the case, and 40 years of Supreme Court precedent and sound law, are on our side. We look forward to the Supreme Court honoring its earlier rulings.” – Lee Saunders, President, AFSCME
  •  “These powerful interests want to gut one of the last remaining checks on their control—a strong and united labor movement that fights for equity and opportunity for all, not just the privileged few. And under the guise of the First Amendment, they want to overturn a 40-year precedent that’s been reaffirmed numerous times. In other words, this would be a radical departure from well-established law. We believe that after resolving a similar case last year, the Supreme Court erred in granting cert in Janus, and that the trumped-up underpinnings of the plaintiff’s argument will rapidly become clear before the full bench.” – Randi Weingarten, President, AFT
  •  “For decades corporate CEO’s and the wealthy have fought to enrich themselves at the expense of the rights and pocket books of working people, and that harms families in communities across the country. As the nation’s largest union, we know this fight will not only impact the lives of educators, but it also impacts the families of the children we educate. We won’t back down from this fight and we will always stand up to support working people, our students and the communities we serve.” – Lily Eskelsen García, President, NEA
  • “The anti-worker extremists behind this case want to divide working people, make it harder to pool our resources, and limit our collective power. But SEIU members won't let any court case stand in our way of sticking together for good jobs and strong communities." – Mary Kay Henry, President, SEIU
  •  Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Janus v. AFSCME case continues the campaign by corporate interests and right wing groups to restrict the ability of working people to stand together. These groups have been plotting for decades to take away workers' freedom to join together and negotiate for fair wages and benefits, and to improve our workplaces. Labor law requires that a union, chosen by the majority, represent every worker in a bargaining unit. While no worker is required to join a union, workers can be required to pay their fair share for the cost of the representation – the cost of bargaining higher wages and benefits and the cost of representing a worker through the grievance system. The right-wing attack on fair share is all about weakening unions, with the hope of giving corporations even more power and accelerating the assault on achievements like Social Security, civil rights, wage and hour and safety laws, Medicare, and public education that unions fight every day to preserve. We hope that the Supreme Court sees through this latest attack on the freedoms and rights of working people and deals with the issues in the Janus case fairly. – Christopher Shelton, President, Communications Workers of America
  •  “This case is a blatant attempt to take away the freedom of working people to join unions and speak up for themselves on the job. New Yorkers, fortunately, have in their DNA an understanding of the critical role that unions play in growing and protecting the middle class, and providing real economic security for families.  NYSUT members see the value of being part of a powerful union — one that gives them a seat at the table and a strong voice in Albany to help them fight for competitive salaries and benefits, protect their retirements and defend their professions.  Unions have — and always will be — the best vehicle working people have to take a stand against the wealthy and powerful who have rigged the economy in their favor.  At NYSUT, we plan to stand strong and stand together against this legal threat to our families, public services and communities.” – Andy Pallotta, President, NYSUT
  •  “Let’s call it what it is; an attack on the freedom of working men and women to have a voice in the workplace. Well-funded powerful corporations are behind this case and are out to destroy the American dream. Here in New York, we are ready, we are organized, and we are making sure our members, the general public, and all elected officials understand that the labor movement is the backbone of the middle class.   Without the middle class, our state and national economy collapses. We will not allow that to happen. As our opponents know, when the labor movement is thriving we not only raise the wages, benefits and conditions of employment of union members; we raise the standard of living and quality of life of all working people, union or not.”  - Mario Cilento, President,  New York State AFL-CIO

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