Rush Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Undermining Organized Labor

Jun 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement expressing his disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 which weakens labor unions to the benefit of billionaires and corporations:

“This decision is the result of a concerted and corrupt effort by the wealthy and well-connected to divide hardworking people and make it more difficult for them to stand together as a union.  Today’s ruling will do nothing but perpetuate a rigged economy that reduces the opportunities available to working-class Americans.

“I am appalled by this decision that upends over four decades of labor precedent and alters the freedoms and benefits that workers have enjoyed by collectively joining together and negotiating for better pay, better jobs, and — ultimately — a better future.

“While the Supreme Court has, once again, sided with the billionaire class and corporate CEOs, I continue to stand in steadfast support of the working men and women of our country and those in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois and completely support the freedom to join together for the good, union jobs our communities need.

“Unions have defined and built the America we know today.  We should be working day and night to protect and improve the lives of all workers — whether or not they are members of a union.  The work unions have done in organizing has ultimately raised wages, guaranteed access to healthcare, and strengthened our communities.

“It was fifty years ago that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood with striking Memphis sanitation workers demanding the freedom to join unions the night before he was killed.  As he told the crowd that night, ‘Freedom is not something that is voluntarily given by the oppressor.  It is something that must be demanded by the oppressed.’

“I want my constituents to know that I take that message to heart and I remain resolute in my commitment to fight for the needs of working Americans.”