“This is not going to kill public sector unions,” said Andrew Washington, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 20, which represents DC city workers. In fact, Washington said, “It will make us stronger, as we continue to connect directly with our members about the importance of their union.”
And while Eric Bunn, AFGE District 14 National Vice President, said the ruling was a “devastating blow to working class Americans,” he insisted “the American labor movement isn’t going no damn where. We’ll keep fighting, not only for our members, but for all workers standing up against attacks from the bosses and the right wing.”
Metro Washington Council president Jackie Jeter said she’s “disappointed that the Supreme Court has failed to protect workers rights,” but added that “I am excited about the unexplored possibilities that we have to mobilize and energize our members.” Jeter called the decision “a self serving ruling that’s clearly meant to keep workers unorganized and to maximize power and profit for big business, but no court can dilute the power of workers, united.”
On today’s labor calendar, we’ll have the latest on the historic Janus Supreme Court ruling on “Your Rights At Work” at 2pm here on WPFW, plus your calls.
For all the latest labor calendar postings, go to dclabor.org, and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history: On this date in 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation declaring Labor Day an official U.S. holiday.
Hear more on this week’s Labor History Today podcast, available on your favorite podcast platform, just search for Union City Radio.
Today’s labor quote is by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who said:
“I should like to see our country unionized to the hilt.”
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