Corporations Win Janus Decision

For decades, powerful corporate interests have been advancing policies that erode protections for working people.

Time and again, these interests have gone to court in an attempt to undermine the right of state and local government workers to collectively bargain for fair wages, fair benefits and a safe workplace.

Today, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with corporate interests over working people, profoundly affecting the future of workers’ rights.

In Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31 the court overturned 40 years of precedent and advanced a corporate agenda that weakens the bargaining power of public servants and members of our community. State and local government union members are teachers, firefighters, police officers, and social workers. They are the backbone of our community and they should have the freedom to join together in union.

The recent teachers’ strikes in states like West Virginia and Oklahoma provide important examples of the effect of denying workers the right to effective collective bargaining.

Today’s decision directly impacts 17 million state and local government workers across the country. But this poses a threat to all working people because we all benefit from strong unions.

Together, we must use this moment to unite all working people and counter those determined to strip away workers’ rights.

Thank you for all that you do to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few.

Celine McNicholas
Director of Labor Law and Policy, EPI

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