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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Velázquez on Janus vs. AFSCME

Velázquez on Janus vs. AFSCME
February 23, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement as the United States Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments on February 26th in the case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

            “Throughout American history, unions have played a pivotal role in helping working people improve their workplaces, provide for their families and pursue the American dream. When union membership is high, entire communities are more prosperous. 

            “Sadly, Janus v. AFSCME was brought forth by billionaires with the goal of making it harder for working people to stick together. Let’s be clear: this is an underhanded, cynical effort to deprive public sector workers of their ability to negotiate higher wages, benefits and workplace protections.

            “This is a conniving attempt to dilute union membership and disempower workers. I will continue to fight for an economy that works for all Americans—not just corporate interests. It is my hope that the Supreme Court rejects this ill-conceived case.”