With 4-4 decision, court protects workers' collective voice

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In issuing a 4-4 opinion in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the U.S. Supreme Court on March 29 rejected an attempt by wealthy special interests to restrict opportunities for America's teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses and others who provide our vital services for our communities to have a voice at work and join together to build a better future for their families.

"Millions of working people who understand the importance of their unions in bettering their lives and the well-being of their communities are breathing a sigh of relief," says AFT President Randi Weingarten. "Even so, we know this fight is far from over. Just as our opponents won't stop coming after us, we will continue full speed ahead in our effort to mobilize our members and their neighbors around a shared vision to reclaim the promise of America.

"While we wait for Senate Republicans to do their job and appoint a new justice to the court, we're working hard for the future we want to see—one with vibrant public education from pre-K through college; affordable, accessible healthcare; public services that support strong neighborhoods, and the right to organize and bargain for a fair wage and a voice on the job."

[America Works Together]