Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten on Hobby Lobby Decision

For Release: 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Contact:

Kate Childs Graham
202/393-6354; cell 202/615-2424
kchilds@aft.org


WASHINGTON—
Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision.

"More and more, it seems that the majority of the Supreme Court better represents the interests of the Chamber of Commerce than it does the values and aspirations of working Americans. Workers' rights should not depend on whether their employer—while buying and selling to everyone regardless of religion—wants to limit their reproductive rights based on privately held religious beliefs. That this decision, which disproportionately affects women, coincides with the Harris v. Quinn decision, which limits rights of home healthcare workers in Illinois—the vast majority of whom are women—is a throwback to another age. Working families, especially working women, have lost here."