Statement by NJ State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech on today’s Janus v. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

“Although not unexpected, today’s ruling is another blow to America’s middle class, seeking to deprive workers’ from having a voice at work through their unions. Taking away a union’s ability to properly represent its members and promoting a “free rider” system to weaken the American labor movement is just another example of corporate and far right interests rigging the economy against the rest of us.”

“However, America’s unions will rise to the challenge. Today’s ruling will motivate us to work harder, work smarter and fight back. Workers recognize that unions are the best way to improve pay, benefits and working conditions for the approximately 13 million members here in America. We will continue to fight on behalf of our members and all workers that have been betrayed by a political system in which the wealthy and corporations pull the strings of power at the detriment of America’s middle class workers.”

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