DeLauro Statement on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 Supreme Court Decision
WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2018) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s Decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
“Today’s narrow 5-4 decision is yet another bad decision from the Supreme Court, and I am disappointed. It will accelerate the impoverishment of American workers by undermining their bottom line. As Justice Elena Kagan wrote today in her dissent, “[t]he majority overthrows a decision entrenched in this Nation’s law—and in its economic life—for over 40 years.” The biggest economic challenge of our time is that people are in jobs that do not pay them enough to live on, and today’s decision will only make that problem worse. At a time when the wealthy are making more than at any time in our nation’s history, working people are struggling.”
“For decades, corporations have blocked efforts of working people to form organizations like unions. Unions empower workers to collectively bargain for higher wages, safer working conditions, and better benefits—like health care, paid sick leave, overtime pay, vacation time, and retirement plans. With this decision, the Court has sided with the Koch brothers and other dark money groups who are putting workers at the mercy of corporate interests.”
“We must fight to make protect workers’ rights and blunt the impact of this decision. We can start by strengthening workers’ recourse when their rights are violated, preventing workers from being misclassified as independent contractors or supervisors, making sure federal contracts, grants, and loans go to companies that promote fair pay and safe workplaces, and protecting workers’ fundamental labor rights—such as going on strike and having any retaliation investigated vigorously. The fight to protect workers does not end with this Court decision. In the weeks ahead, I will continue working to make progress through Congressional action.”