The Janus ruling

June 27, 2018

Today, the Supreme Court overturned more than four decades of precedent by making fair share fees for public sector workers unconstitutional in the Janus v. AFSCME case.

This decision makes it easier for anti-worker extremists to divide working people and further rig the economy.

This decision was the result of hundreds of millions of dollars spent by corporate billionaires over decades to take away working people’s freedom to stand together in a union – but these efforts will ultimately fail.

No court decision can extinguish the desire of working people standing together in unions to create better lives for our families and communities. We will not allow a court decision to stand in the way of the fight for good jobs, safe workplaces, equal pay for women, fair treatment of immigrants and dignity at work for everyone.

California needs strong unions to stand up to the rich and powerful who rig the economy against workers, and workers aren’t about to let these corporate billionaires reverse the progress that our movement has made. That’s why it’s more important than ever for us to keep our unions strong.

When we’re strong we can withstand the attack. We can look out for each other. We can create a better future for our families. No court decision or politician can stop us from standing together in a union to get a better deal for our hard work.

Today, we will not only work with our union partners to sustain the labor movement – but strengthen it so more working people can negotiate a fair deal in return for their work. 

Despite this decision, we will continue to lead the fight for a balanced economy that gives everyone a fair shot.