Texas AFL-CIO on Janus: Labor Unions Here to Stay

The Texas AFL-CIO will host a media availability on the Janus ruling at 1:30 p.m. today, June 27, in the Becky Moeller Auditorium at 1106 Lavaca St., in downtown Austin. Representatives of several public employee unions in Texas will be available. 

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay today issued this statement in the wake of the 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to shift into reverse and rig rules against working people:

 “Labor unions are here to stay.” 

“In Texas, we battle to raise wages, enact paid sick leave and other benefits, make jobs safer, ensure civil rights, and expand opportunity for all working families. We fight immigrant-bashing, voter suppression, moves to privatize our neighborhood schools, and assaults on the freedom of working people to speak up to improve their lives.” 

“Organizing is on the rise, in Texas and in the nation. Public approval of unions is up. A growing percentage of young working people, women and people of color see unions as a ticket to the middle class. Teachers are striking to do right by their students.”

“Reject the dark web of corporate interests that produced Janus and join us in the fight. Texas unions stand for the antidote to the status quo: a fair shot for all working families.” 

 See: www.FreedomToJoin.org.