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Leader Hortman Statement on the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court Ruling

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota — This morning, the US Supreme Court announced their 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, ruling that public sector unions cannot charge fair share fees to workers who choose not to join the union but still benefit from collective bargaining agreements.

House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman released the following statement:

“This ruling is yet another step in tilting our economy toward the rich and powerful and against working people. Unions are critical to improving economic security for families and strengthening our communities. Today’s decision limits the freedom of working people to join together, negotiate, and speak up for better pay and better working conditions.

“All Minnesotans and all Americans deserve the freedom to join together to negotiate for fair pay and safe workplaces. House DFLers will continue to stand up for working people to have a fair shake in Minnesota. Today’s decision compels us to fight even more vigorously.”