Supreme Court Rules 5-4 Against Working People

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Supreme Court Does Bidding of Corporate Elites as
Working People Fight On

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rusty McAllister on the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31:

June 27, 2018

“The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, abandons decades of commonsense precedent. In this case, a bare majority of the court, over the vigorous dissent of four justices, has conceded to the dark web of corporations and wealthy donors who wish to take away the freedoms of working people. Until it is overturned, this decision will be a political stain on what is intended to be the most honorable, independent body in the world. But more importantly, it will further empower the corporate elites in their efforts to thwart the aspirations of millions of working people standing together for a better life.

But here’s the thing: America is heading in a different direction. All over the country, workers are organizing and taking collective action as we haven’t seen in years. More than 14,000 workers recently formed or joined unions in just a single week. This followed a year where 262,000 workers organized and the approval rating of unions reached a nearly 14-year high. Working families know the best way to get a raise, better benefits and a voice on the job is through a union contract. The corporate narrative of the labor movement’s downfall is being dismantled by working people every single day.

We have never depended on any politician or judge to decide our fate and we aren’t about to start now.”  — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

“The Supreme Court’s ruling this morning is an assault on the working people of America by corporate interests who fear their collective power. The Nevada State AFL-CIO and our local union leaders will continue to fight for, serve, and protect our 150,000 members against any force that seeks to undermine or work against them.” — Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Rusty McAllister

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