Statement by CWA President Chris Shelton on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Janus v. AFSCME case:
Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Janus v. AFSCME case continues the campaign by corporate interests and right wing groups to restrict the ability of working people to stand together.
These groups have been plotting for decades to take away workers’ freedom to join together and negotiate for fair wages and benefits, and to improve our workplaces.
Labor law requires that a union, chosen by the majority, represent every worker in a bargaining unit. While no worker is required to join a union, workers can be required to pay their fair share for the cost of the representation -- the cost of bargaining higher wages and benefits and the cost of representing a worker through the grievance system. The right-wing attack on fair share is all about weakening unions, with the hope of giving corporations even more power and accelerating the assault on achievements like Social Security, civil rights, wage and hour and safety laws, Medicare, and public education that unions fight everyday to preserve.
We hope that the Supreme Court sees through this latest attack on the freedoms and rights of working people and deals with the issues in the Janus case fairly.
The Communications Workers of America represents 700,000 workers in telecommunications, public service, health care and education, media, airlines, and manufacturing.