The Workmen’s Circle joins our brothers and sisters in public sector unions alongside private unions, allies, and the progressive world in condemning the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) decision in Janus vs. AFSCME. The impact of this decision, which will serve to deprive upwards of millions of workers of fair representation and collective bargaining rights, goes well beyond issues of union dues and into the heart of the public’s right to union representation and beyond.
We stand appalled by the Janus Decision which rolls back worker protections and progress of over a century in one decision.
This ruling, which is the culmination of 30 years of a 1%-funded anti-worker agenda, attacks more than public sector unions. By defunding the union base that historically turns out for progressive candidates, the far-right wing of the Republican party stands to gain critical election districts and will have the opportunity to erode social gains for the working class, women, people of color, and the LGBT community. We concurrently applaud the actions of New York State, which passed significant protections for workers in New York in anticipation of the Janus decision. We call on other cities, states, and counties to do the same.
Today we take inspiration from our organization’s founders, who over a hundred years ago came to a country where the 1% imposed terrible conditions including seven-day workweeks, unsafe job sites, and poverty pay on workers. They organized, took to the streets, and ultimately, stood as part of the 99% who built a labor movement that has protected all working people for almost a hundred years. Now we must follow in their tradition of organizing, acting, and fighting back against these attacks on workers and people everywhere. We pledge today with renewed energy to organize, to work, and to join in the fight in the weeks and months ahead.