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 extremists to divide working citizens, again aligning with the powerful against everyday people as it did in upholding the Muslim travel ban and corporate campaign contributions in Citizens United in 2010.”

“I am deeply disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in this case and stand in solidarity with American citizens who benefit from unions. As union power weakens, the pay of everyday people goes down. Furthermore, it’s common for public servants like teachers, county service workers and local government employees to work at second jobs to make ends meet. We need to value – not devalue – those individuals who wake up every day to serve our communities. I will support my colleagues in the PA legislature who propose legislation to combat the Janus v. AFSCME ruling.”

“As Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO said, ‘It’s not time to mourn, it’s time to organize.’ We know what we are up against. It’s our time and our turn to make the nation work for us, not just the rich and powerful.”