June 27, 2018

Harris Statement on SCOTUS Ruling Against Workers in Janus v. AFSCME

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling against workers’ rights in Janus v. AFSCME:

“Our country’s success depends on the right of all workers – including teachers, firefighters, peace officers and nurses – to collectively negotiate fair wages, benefits and protections. The Court’s decision today undermines the basic American premise, held up by courts for more than four decades, that if a union represents all employees in negotiating and administering a collective bargaining agreement, then all employees ought to share the costs of that representation.

“We also cannot ignore that this decision is part of an ongoing trend of the Roberts Court that has repeatedly sided with employers over employees, corporations over consumers, and special interests over vulnerable Americans. Congress must act to bolster the American labor movement that built the middle class of this country. It is up to all of us to fight to protect the ability of working families to make a living wage and pursue the American dream now more than ever.”