Members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation spoke out Wednesday against the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining.
Massachusetts Democrats slammed the high court’s 5 to 4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, which ends the 41-year practice that allowed states to require public employees to pay some fees to unions, as an “attack” on labor and a “huge victory” for corporate interests.
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, said while the decision may not have garnered as many headlines as the court’s ruling on President Donald Trump’s travel ban, “it’s another big win for the right-wing in its decades-long war on the working class.”
“The billionaires who want to lower wages and bust unions scored a major victory today,” he tweeted.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, also cast the ruling as a “huge victory” for corporate interests, which she argued “have been rigging the system against workers for decades.”
The Democrat, however, offered a message to “the billionaires behind this case:” We’re not going anywhere.
“Unions built America’s middle class, and unions will rebuild America’s middle class,” she said in a video posted on Twitter. “Working people deserve fair pay, good benefits, predictable schedules and a real voice in the workplace. That’s why I stand with unions all the way.”