AFSA President Responds to SCOTUS’ Ruling on Janus v. AFSCME

Ernest Logan, AFSA president, responds to the Supreme Court’s ruling on labor unions in Janus v. AFSCME:

Today’s Supreme Court ruling is just another step in a well-funded attack on people who work every day to support their families and on the power of their collective voice through unions.

The enemies of labor unions think the Janus v. AFSCME case is the beginning of the end of the union movement. They launched this case in a blatant attempt to silence the voices of working people and to limit the freedom that they have.

But their efforts and the Supreme Court’s decision today are in vain. No court case will stop hard working people from organizing and raising their voices. In fact, Janus will be a lightning rod for labor — the powerful corporations and rich billionaires will deeply regret the day they pushed this case forward.

History has shown that unions are one of the most effective vehicles to move people into the middle class. There is no debate that since the 1970’s, the political elites have worked to undermine union membership. Their success in eroding union membership directly correlates with the decline in real worker wages.

The union response to Janus must be to organize, hold elected leaders accountable, and fight back against efforts to divide workers by further diluting the strength unions need to sustain families and make communities stronger.