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Engel Lambastes Supreme Court Decision Undermining the Right of Workers to Organize

Engel Lambastes Supreme Court Decision Undermining the Right of Workers to Organize

Congressman Eliot L. Engel released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court’s outrageous 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME is yet another harsh partisan blow to the working families of New York and this nation. The Court’s ruling bars public sector unions from charging fees to all public employees who benefit from their efforts to negotiate for better pay, better benefits, and better working conditions. 

“As a former member of the teachers union, I find today’s ruling particularly distasteful.  The Supreme Court’s conservative majority overturned four decades of legal precedent to undermine the ability of public service workers to negotiate for decent pay and fair workplaces.  This ruling is an outright attack on the public employees who educate our kids, keep our streets safe, fight fires, and rush to our aid when we have an accident.

“Now, thanks to this latest blow from SCOTUS, those of us who proudly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with labor must redouble our efforts. I will continue fighting for the rights of all workers to bargain collectively for better pay and benefits and safe work environments.  Unions remain the most effective vehicle for working people to secure their rights and freedoms, and they provide a pathway to the middle-class. We need to make sure that pathway remains opens. ”