Janus decision attacks worker rights, igniting a new generation of union activists
Statement by ATU International President Larry Hanley on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Janus vs. AFSCME, Council 31 case:
“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark anti-worker ruling that advances the attack on labor by trying to limit our power to fight. But, in the process, it has already sparked a new generation of union activists.
“While this decision is both unjust and, frankly, unfair and stupid, it’s happening at a time workers, especially in right-to-work states—are more conscious than ever of the need to unite and fight back. Recent successful teachers’ strikes in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma have shown what happens when workers’ backs are pushed against the wall.
“At the ATU, we didn’t take a wait and see approach. We knew where the Supreme Court was heading, so we used the past year to rediscover our roots, strengthen our locals, and engage tens of thousands of members who have recommitted to the trade union cause.