Blunt Rochester Issues Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Undermine Workers' Rights

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Washington, June 27, 2018 | Kyle Morse (202-695-0494) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court reached a 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The ruling undermines working families and public-sector workers’ right to collect “fair-share fees” for services they are legally required to provide workers.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling puts the needs of special interests and the wealthiest among us ahead of hardworking, middle-class families,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “A strong middle class relies on a strong union presence, and the Court’s ruling in Janus overturns decades of precedent and strengthens the forces that are actively undermining American workers, including our teachers, police officers, and firefighters. The right to collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions benefits us all, whether you are in a union or not, and it is why we must continue to support the vital role unions play in strengthening our economy. With decreasing benefits and overall wage stagnation, the middle class is in need of rebuilding, and today’s ruling underscores the need for stronger union presence and workforce protections.”

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