IUPAT Stands with Public Sector Unions in Supreme Court Decision in Janus v. AFSCME


–For immediate release: June 27, 2018-

Contact: John Doherty (617) 592-2230 jdoherty@iupat.org

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Stands with Public Sector Unions in the Face of Today’s Unconscionable Supreme Court Decision in Janus v. AFSCME

WASHINGTON (June 27, 2018) — The following statement was released by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, on today’s Supreme Court decision to rule in favor of the largest attack on working families in decades.

“Today may mark a notch in the belt for the dark web of corporations, wealthy billionaire extreme right think tanks in their war against a better standard of living for American workers.

This case is only one piece in a multi-pronged, long-term strategy to dismantle the voice we have built over the last century in order to provide families with a better standing in their workplace and benefits to support economic development in their communities.

As a trade union, The Painters and Allied Trades, remains vigilant and very aware that the funding behind this case comes from groups like the National Right to Work Foundation and as private sector union share a symbiotic relationship with our public sector counterparts in AFSCME. Therefore, we understand that the same strategy will, ultimately be applied to our members.

We emphasize to all workers that all elections have consequences and anti-union backers and their legislative cheerleaders can hinder the progress that we have made over the past century in one fell swoop.

We will stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers in sisters in AFSCME, with public sector unions and with all working families across this great country!” – Ken Rigmaiden, General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.



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