Gov. Wolf: union fee ruling ‘major step backward’

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In this Monday, June 25, 2018 photo, people gather at the Supreme Court awaiting a decision in an Illinois union dues case, Janus vs. AFSCME, in Washington. The Supreme Court says government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. […]

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says a U.S. Supreme Court decision on labor union fees is a major step backward for working families and the middle class.

The nation’s highest court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining. Public employees were required to pay the so-called fair share fees in about two dozen states, even if they didn’t join the union.

Wolf said the Janus v. AFSCME case was “driven by special interests trying to maximize their own profit at the expense of families. He said the court’s decision.”

He said the ruling is “just the latest effort to deny workers the dignity and respect they deserve.”

“For generations, unions in our country have fought for and won protections we all enjoy, including the 40-hour work week, weekends, paid time off, and improved conditions for those who are trying to make ends meet,” Wolf said in a statement.

“When people can come together and use their voices, we all benefit. And when workers are silenced, families pay the price and the economy becomes more rigged for the rich and powerful.”

Pennsylvania’s largest state government union, AFSCME Council 13, said it is disappointed but not surprised by the ruling.

“While this is obviously a blow to the rights of AFSCME members in Pennsylvania, Council 13 has been preparing for this outcome, and will continue to fight for the ability of its 67,000 represented employees to collectively bargain for a fair return on their work,” the union said in a statement.

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