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Sunday June 4th

Letter: Janus vs. AFSCME sets working-class precedent


Too many people in our community aren’t able to sustain their families and make ends meet. 

Corporate elites and the politicians who do their bidding have been rigging the rules for decades to line their pockets at our expense. 

America is richer than ever, but everyday working people aren’t getting our fair share. Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joined striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, as they fought for the freedom to join together in a strong union and be treated with dignity and respect at work. They carried signs that boldly proclaimed: “I Am a Man.” 

Fifty years later, corporate lobbyists and special interest groups are bringing a case against working people, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, to the Supreme Court. These are the same extremist voices that actively work to limit voting rights, roll back economic protections and gut civil and labor rights laws. Wealthy special interests and greedy billionaires are aiming to make things worse by using the Supreme Court to launch a political attack against working people. 

On Feb. 27, the court will hear a case called Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. This case is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people by the rich and powerful. The forces behind this case are the same forces that want to take health care away from millions, gut funding for neighborhood schools, limit our voting rights and slash the public services we all depend on. 

Powerful billionaires are backing the Janus case, and their reason is no secret: They want to use the Supreme Court to undermine our freedom to join together in strong unions, because unions give us the power to un-rig the rules and make our economy fair for working families again.

Kristin Gallanosa


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