Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman Statements on Supreme Court Ruling in Janus v. AFSCME
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statements on the Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME, determining that public sector unions can no longer collect fair share dues from employees who opt not to belong to a union – even though the union is required by law to represent workers in union jobs.
Governor Malloy said, “Today’s ruling is a blow to the principles of collective bargaining – but more worrisome, it is a blow to the ability of unions to effectively represent the interests of the workers they are charged with defending. It is another troubling milestone in a long-term effort to diminish the efficacy of organized labor groups – and by extension working families. It is no coincidence that as union membership has declined, income inequality has drastically increased, and today’s Supreme Court decision will only exacerbate that trend.”
Lt. Governor Wyman said, “Throughout the course of history, unions have improved working conditions for workers across all sectors—those represented by a union and those not. Safer working conditions, proper staffing and training, fair compensation, and other benefits not only provide security for our nurses, police, firefighters, teachers, and so many others, but also for all of us who are served by their work. I stand among many who are disappointed in any effort to defund the initiatives that protect our workers, damage our communities, and take aim at the middle class.”