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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires Denounces the Supreme Court’s Decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31

Jun 27, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)– Today, Congressman Sires released a statement on the United States Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 decision on Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31. This decision ruled that government employees represented by, but not belonging to, a union do not have to contribute to that union’s costs to negotiate on their behalf.

“A union’s whole purpose is to ensure that working Americans have a measure of input over the decision-making process that determines their salaries, their working hours, and what their employers can and cannot demand from them. Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court on Janus v. AFSCME overturns over 40 years of judicial precedent and has endangered future workers’ ability to advocate for themselves.

Collective bargaining is the foundation of workers’ empowerment, which is why it should be funded by everyone who benefits from it. The Court’s decision today sets back workers’ rights by decades and makes it considerably more difficult for unions to keep advocating for fair pay and fair workplaces.”