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, such as teachers, nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, paramedics, and sanitation workers. The court’s narrow 5-4 decision in the Janus vs. AFSCME lawsuit fundamentally undermines public employees’ ability to collectively advocate for fair compensation, benefits, and working conditions. In response, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) issued the following statement.
“I am deeply disappointed in this decision. The American economy has been rigged against working people for several decades. The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Janus case is one more downward step in that harmful direction. In this rigged economy, the labor movement has been an essential defense for workers fighting for fair wages and working conditions. By enabling some workers to receive the benefits of the unions without paying for them, this ruling will ultimately weaken the ability of working people to collectively bargain for better wages and safer working conditions. In the long run, this will hurt all workers and the entire community.”