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Congressman Boyle Speaks Out Against the Supreme Court’s Anti-Worker, Anti-Union Decision in Janus v. AFSCME

May 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle, Co-Chair of the Blue Collar Caucus, released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court decision in Janus vs. AFSCME issued by the Court today:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is anti-worker and anti-union. It is a victory for those wealthy special interests trying to crush unions. Labor unions have been essential to the growth of the American middle class. Our history proves this. All employees benefit from collective bargaining regardless of their financial contribution to their union, period. Falsely disguised by interest groups as a matter of fairness to free-riding employees, the Court’s decision today will only exacerbate the obstacles faced by workers as pay and benefits become more stagnant.”

Under federal labor law, unions have to represent everyone, members or not. Workers who object to a union’s political activities don’t have to pay for them. Prior to today’s decision, they could be required to pay a fair-share or agency fee to cover the union’s costs for collective bargaining and representing individual employees. Now, public sector unions must continue to advocate for the rights and benefits of all employees, but each employee does not have to pay the fair-share or agency fees that cover the cost of securing these rights and benefits.