Court decision threatens America’s working families

Unions disappointed with high court’s plan to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

The leaders of five major unions issued a statement June 30 expressing their disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, that challenges the fees nonunion members pay.

”We are disappointed that at a time when big corporations and the wealthy few are rewriting the rules in their favor, knocking American families and our entire economy off balance, the Supreme Court has chosen to take a case that threatens the fundamental promise of America—that if you work hard and play by the rules you should be able to provide for your family and live a decent life,” AFT President Randi Weingarten, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, CTA President Eric C. Heins, AFSCME President Lee Saunders and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said in a joint statement.

“The Supreme Court is revisiting decisions that have made it possible for people to stick together for a voice at work and in their communities—decisions that have stood for more than 35 years—and that have allowed people to work together for better public services and vibrant communities.

“When people come together in a union, they can help make sure that our communities have jobs that support our families. It means teachers can stand up for their students. First responders can push for critical equipment to protect us. And social workers can advocate effectively for children’s safety.

“America can’t build a strong future if people can’t come together to improve their work and their families’ futures. Moms and dads across the country have been standing up in the thousands to call for higher wages and unions. We hope the Supreme Court heeds their voices.”

Public Employee Advocate, Summer 2015 Download PDF (1.28 MB)
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