For Immediate Release
June 27, 2018
Contact: Karina Martínez | email@example.com | 858/752-1262
Mi Familia Vota Stands with Workers
Washington, D.C. – In a 5-4 ruling on Janus v AFSCME, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers cannot be required to pay “agency fees” to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining.
Mi Familia Vota Executive Director Ben Monterroso issued the following statement:
“There is nothing more underhanded and deceitful than using the smokescreen of protecting our First Amendment rights to strip workers of social and economic wellbeing. Conservatives purposely schemed to advance this case, knowing that their win would come at the expense of families across the country, and that is morally unacceptable. We are disappointed that the Court yielded to conservatives seeking to restrain the power of collective bargaining, wage increases, and basic freedoms that unions have distributed to American workers.
“This ruling is a bonanza for the elite, but we will fight back the best way we know how: by voting for candidates who will support stronger labor rights, access to affordable healthcare, fair compensation, equality for the disabled, recognition of personal and family needs, and family values. The midterm elections are approaching and we will mobilize our communities to show up and vote for a better future.”
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.