Rush Statement on Oral Arguments in Janus v. AFSCME

Feb 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement as the Supreme Court deliberates the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31:

“This case is being pushed by the rich and well-connected seeking to divide hardworking people and make it extremely difficult for them to stand together in a union.  We are witnessing yet another example of a billionaire class hell-bent on rigging the economy against working- and middle-class Americans.

“I continue to stand with the working men and women of our country and those in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois to fully support their freedom to join together in unions.  Unions have defined the best parts of America and work every day to protect and improve the lives of all workers.  Whether or not they are members, they work to raise wages, ensure access to healthcare, and build stronger communities.

“Enough of the rich and powerful only thinking about their bottom line and discarding the needs of working people.  We must make it easier, not harder, for American workers to join together and advocate for their rights and interests.

“As the Supreme Court continues to deliberate this case, I want my constituents to know I will always fight for working people and for your ability to join together to improve your lives and our communities.”