Dorothy Brown appalled and disturbed by SCOTUS ruling against working families
I am appalled and disturbed that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against working families in their decision in Janus. By a 5-to-4 vote, with the more conservative justices in the majority, the court ruled that government workers who choose not to join unions may not be required to help pay for collective bargaining. This ruling in Janus v. AFSCME is a direct assault on unions that have protected workers and ensured that their voices are heard.
The ruling means that public-sector unions across Chicago and the state of Illinois, could lose tens of millions of dollars and see their ability to fight for workers rights diminished.
My father was a union steward, and I helped him write union grievances. I vividly remember the heart wrenching stories of mistreatment shared by the workers and that is why I have always been a staunch union supporter. I stand with Justice Kagan who noted “The majority overthrows a decision entrenched in this nation’s law — and in its economic life — for over 40 years.” Further I was saddened to see that Gov. Rauner, who has had union busting at the center of his administration, was there to champion this ruling that will have a devastating impact on union members and non-members here in our city. Workers’ rights are human rights, and must be defended at all costs, a pledge have been committed to as Clerk of Court and which I will be committed to when elected the next Mayor of Chicago.
Statement attributable to Dorothy Brown, candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago
June 27, 2018
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