Press Release

Supreme Court Decision in Janus v. AFSCME Will Disproportionately Hurt Women

Posted on June 27, 2018 Issues: Judges & Courts Supreme Court Workplace

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Supreme Court ignored decades of precedent and decided in a 5 to 4 decision that individuals who enjoy the protections of public sector union representation do not have to contribute to the cost of securing them.

The following is a statement from Sunu P. Chandy, Legal Director of the National Women’s Law Center:

“Today’s decision strikes a blow against unions and will disproportionately hurt working women. Women are a majority of union-represented public-sector workers in jobs that are crucial to the health, safety and prosperity of our communities. Unions fight for and secure safeguards that benefit all of us —like equal pay for equal work, paid parental leave, and anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ workers. Despite the attack, unions will continue to vigorously represent and protect workers across the country.”

The NWLC filed an amicus brief in this case in support of the respondents, co-authored by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Jenner & Block, LLP, and the Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, and signed by 85 additional organizations.

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For immediate release:  June 27, 2018
Contact:  Maria Patrick (mpatrick@nwlc.org) and Olympia Feil (ofeil@nwlc.org)

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