Janus vs. AFSCME

On June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that employees who decline union membership are not required to pay “fair share” dues to the union that collectively bargains on their behalf.

The SCOTUS ruling is a hard blow to unions who negotiate for the working class to ensure fair wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Limiting the ability of unions to collect dues hinders the ability to negotiate and leaves workers vulnerable to the whims of management. The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats disagree with the Supreme Court’s ruling and will continue to fight for the rights of unions and workers.

Who Will Stand Up For Workers’ Rights?

The Janus decision sets the stage for nationwide anti-worker policies that have been proven to lower job standards and hurt communities.
In states like Wisconsin that already have similar anti-worker legislation on the books:
Average wages are nearly $6,000 per year less
Poverty increased dramatically
Overall, declining union membership contributed to one-third of the disappearance of the middle class
Health benefits decreased by nearly 3%
Workplace fatalities jumped by an incredible 49%

Unions have been the greatest champions for the working class.
In addition to support provided to countless individual work place battles, unions are responsible for:
Enactment of the 40-hour work week
Creation of overtime pay
Ending of child labor
Increases to the minimum wage
Creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency

The PA Senate Democrats will continue to empower the middle class and fight for workers’ rights.
Priorities for the Senate Democrats that protect workers include:
Protecting prevailing wage laws
Working to raise the minimum wage
Requiring paid sick days and family leave
Protecting workers from wage theft
Fighting for local governments to have the right to raise local wages that differ from the statewide minimum

Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Combat Janus Ruling


Terrible, but expected news from on . This is a blow to ALL workers, not just workers, who fight on the front lines for living wages and fair conditions. Workers in states make 3 to 12 percent LESS. protect the middle class. -@SenTartaglione


Member Statements

Workers need a Pa. Workplace Freedom Act

The following op-ed was posted by PennLive.com.

As expected, the Supreme Court voted against unions and working people in the Janus v. AFSCME case. This landmark decision makes it easier for anti-worker extremists to rig the economy and try to divide working people.
The outcome of the Janus case will harm public servants such as nurses, teachers, school district workers, police, firefighters and social workers, in addition to driving down wages for everyone, eliminating health insurance for many working families and making workplace accidents and deaths more likely.

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Haywood Comments on Supreme Court Janus Decision

Philadelphia – June 28, 2018 – State Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) released the following statement regarding the Janus v. AFSCME decision from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). “The Supreme Court just made it easier for anti-worker...

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Leach Comments on SCOTUS Decision in Janus v. AFSCME

State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME : “Today's US Supreme Court decision in Janus vs. AFSCME is a sad and disheartening blow to the middle class,” Leach said. “At a time...

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