St. Paul, Minn. – Five conservative members of the United States Supreme Court today issued a decision that harms Minnesotans who work for public sector unions. The court’s narrow 5-4 decision in the Janus vs. AFSCME lawsuit undermines public employees’ ability to collectively advocate for fair compensation, benefits, and working conditions.
“Joining together to build a better life for yourself and your family is a core American value that five Supreme Court Justices fundamentally changed for the worse today,” said Sen. Bigham in response to today’s ruling. “I grew up in a union household – my dad was a Teamster and my mom worked for South Washington County Schools – so I’ve witnessed first-hand the stability and security unions provide to the middle class. My brother is also a current union member. I disagree with this ruling in the strongest terms possible. I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my brothers and sisters in Labor, whether they are teachers, firefighters, construction workers, paramedics, police officers, or any of the other men and women who work hard to serve the public. I am in your corner, and you can count on me to stand up to the big corporations and dark money donors who are actively working to undermine your livelihood.”