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Janus Case is Political Attack to Rig Economy against Workers

Washington, D.C. (September 28, 2017) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on the to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant Certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31:


The Janus case is part of a coordinated attack on workers financed by anti-union, anti-worker billionaires and corporate interests whose aim is to destroy unions and make it impossible for working people to join together and protect hard-fought rights and protections.

 

Unions and workers, as well as state and local governments, have relied on fair share laws for decades. These laws require workers covered by a union contract who choose not to pay dues but who get all of the benefits of the contract to at least pay their fair share for those benefits. The plaintiff’s argument in the Janus case is not grounded in sound law or precedent. If the Court rules against the unions, it would be overturning legal precedent that has protected workers for 40 years and siding with corporate interests who want to silence workers.

 

LIUNA, who proudly represents tens of thousands of dedicated, hard-working public employees, will be watching this case closely and looking for a decision that protects workers’ interests and puts the brakes on this corporate-funded plot to rig the rules against workers.

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The half-million members of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – are on the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build America.