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Democratic Leader Senator Jay Costa (D-Pittsburgh) released the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME:

Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Janus case is disappointing, and disheartening for the millions of middle class workers who depend on strong unions to advocate for them in the workplace. This ruling gives employers more leverage, and divides workers amongst themselves. While this is undoubtedly a setback for workers’ rights, it is not and cannot be a death knell for public sector unions. We must do more at the state level to protect the middle class and their rights in the workplace.