Supreme Court rules against union in Janus v. AFSCME

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 against the union in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case, overturning Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, making right-to-work in the public sector the law of the land.

This ruling is the culmination of decades of attacks on unions by wealthy special interests and the politicians who work for them to rig the economy in their favor. In a jarring reminder of the consequences of electing anti-union candidates, President Donald Trump’s appointee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, tipped the 5-4 decision against AFSCME.

“The history of the labor movement is full of ups and downs, but we never quit, and we will do whatever it takes to come back from this ruling and grow stronger than ever,” Executive Director David Fillman said.

This ruling strikes at the freedom of, and opportunity for, working people to join together in strong unions to speak up for themselves, their families and their communities. Unions play a critical role in building and protecting the American middle class and are the best way to level the economic playing field for everyone.

AFSCME will now turn its focus to growing stronger than ever. To find out ways to help fight this infringement on union rights, please contact Council 13, your district council, your staff representative or your local union officers.

Click here for the statement issued by leaders and members of AFSCME, AFT, NEA and SEIU.