Working people have been tested before, and emerged stronger. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. As most of us know by now, this ruling will have a major impact on the labor movement, but we as working people have the power to endure no matter the outcome.
Union members, allied with working people and community partners, across the nation realize that this case is no more than a plot by corporate interests to enhance profits by weakening collective bargaining rights. There is no doubt that such an overreach and assault on the rights of working people has triggered a response that is uniting and invigorating our labor movement as never before.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions are seeing an overwhelmingly positive response to organizing efforts, and we continue to fight back politically and legislatively. Our labor candidates program allows New Jersey to have a voice unlike any other state on this issue. Rank-and-file union members serving at every level of government bring our voice to bear on the policies that shape our lives.
We once again recognize the leadership of Congressman Donald Norcross, who is at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning to hear oral arguments and stand firmly behind all of organized labor.
No matter how many ways wealthy corporations and dark moneyed interests seek to divide us, working people have the power to determine their futures when we stand united. This is the story we must write together.