Linda Sánchez Statement on Supreme Court's Assault on Workers' Rights
Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (CA-38) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. Rep. Linda Sánchez is a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441 and former labor lawyer:
“The Supreme Court’s highly partisan decision today will dramatically erode the efficacy of unions representing public sector workers across the country. By requiring unions to represent everyone in a collective bargaining unit without ensuring fair contributions for that representation, unions will be forced to do more with much less—to the detriment of those they represent. This misguided decision will have devastating long-term consequences for hardworking Americans.
“During the 20th century, labor unions helped build a strong and thriving middle-class. Unions have led the fight for safer working conditions and better wages and benefits; giving workers a voice and a seat at the table in their workplaces.
“The Supreme Court’s decision in Janus takes a sledgehammer to America’s economic foundation that was laid down brick by brick by unions. The decision today is the latest blow in a decades-long, nationwide effort by conservatives to bust unions that advocate for workers and protect them from employer abuses. It is a sad day for our country.
“The effort to fight for and alongside hardworking Americans will go on. Democrats will continue to push for legislation that strengthens the rights of workers and ensures they have a strong voice at the bargaining table because we know that workers and their families are stronger when they are able to organize and fight for better wages.”