On February 26, as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Janus Vs. AFSME case, thousands of union members across Connecticut and the united states joined together to send a message, no court case can silence us. Trump and Republicans on the Supreme Court are coming after unions because they are one of the last protections we have as working people to improve our jobs, workplaces, and communities. Janus vs. AFSCME, a case that would slash union rights for all public sector union members. An attack on labor is an attack on working people and our families. In Connecticut, workers, community groups, labor organizations, elected officials and other allies took a stand to remind the anti-union Trump administration that we reject these attacks on our families and our communities.
These are just some of the great photos taken at rallies and workplace actions around Connecticut:
More about the Janus VS. AFSME Case
HARTFORD, CT — Union workers in Connecticut are worried about the impact a U.S. Supreme Court decision—that has yet to be made — may have on their ability to organize. They’re worried the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in favor of Mark Janus, the child-support specialist from Illinois who sued the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for taking $45 from his paycheck each month, even though he declined union membership. Unions are concerned that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of Janus and limit their ability to collect dues that would be used for collective bargaining.
Over the last decade, a number of cases attacking the rights of public-sector union members have been quietly working their way through the courts and, finally, up to the U.S. Supreme Court. The most recent of these challenges is Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear on February 26. If the court rules for Janus, it will likely have the most significant impact on workers’ freedom to organize and bargain collectively in 70 years. Janus is the third case to come before the Supreme Court in five years involving…
“The case illustrates the cohesiveness with which conservative philanthropists have taken on unions in recent decades. “It’s a mistake to look at the Janus case and earlier litigation as isolated episodes,” said Alexander Hertel