The US Supreme Court just issued a ruling attacking public employees' freedom to join strong unions. WPEA members are responding by gathering at rallies around the state today to show that we're sticking together, no matter what the court says.
In response to today’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, WPEA President Kent Stanford issued the following statement:
“WPEA members have worked together for over 60 years to negotiate for better wages, better lives, and better public services. No Supreme Court case or political attack is going to stop that.
“Unions are the great counterweight to corporate special interests and the wealthy elite, and to employers when they fail to recognize good working people. Our own state’s history shows that if corporate billionaires are left unchecked, the government will sacrifice our members’ salaries and ignore our hard work, just to protect corporate tax loopholes. There must be someone to stand up for working people and present our points of view. After all, we do the work and we know how it benefits the public.
“WPEA members will keep fighting. We’ll fight to protect our members’ pension plan, we’ll fight for the cost of our health care, we’ll fight for our vacation and sick leave, we’ll fight for a flexible work schedule, and we’ll fight for better wages.
“We’ve come too far to turn back the clock on protections for working people.”