MICHELLE LEE STANDS WITH WORKING PEOPLE, UNIONS 8th CD Candidate Statement on the US Supreme Court ruling on Janus v. AFSCME
Michelle Lee, a leading Democratic candidate for 8th District Congress in Minnesota, issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling:
“I am very concerned with today’s Supreme Court ruling that will weaken public sector unions, and the ability of working people to secure wages, pensions and general work place safety.
There is little doubt that this ruling, while specifically addressing public employee unions, is a direct attack on working people. History has shown us, without the strength of a union, the individual worker is powerless against corporate interests. In these times, when CEO salaries are over 200 times that of the average worker, and minimum wage hasn’t increased in 9 years, our country should be focused on supporting working people, not abandoning them.
We know that progress and security in our District came from strong unions. Today’s Supreme Court decision that public-sector unions for state and local employees can’t force nonmembers to pay a “fair-share” union fee will have large-scale consequences. I agree with the dissenting judges who noted that the elimination of fair-share fees will create an all-or-nothing choice for the workers whom unions represent: pay union dues or pay nothing but still receive the benefits a union provides.
I stand with working people. Commissioner Pete Stauber stands with Donald Trump and the people who are undermining any attempt to broaden our middle class and give workers a real opportunity to build a secure economic future. The voters of Minnesota’s Eight Congressional District need strong unions to make sure every town and city has working families that are compensated fairly. Our families require good wages and fair employment. Retired residents deserve a fair pension. And all workers have a right to affordable health care. Unions secured these benefits for generations of Eight District workers, and for workers across the country.
Decisions like this are examples of how important our elections are to the future. Please join me in opposition to anyone who is acting to weaken unions, because ultimately, that will weaken working people’s ability to earn a fair wage and good living. “