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Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 weakened the ability of public sector unions to use collective bargaining to improve working conditions, benefits, and wages:
“This activist Supreme Court continues to side against working families already struggling to get by. Millions of workers rely on unions to give them fair wages, safe working conditions, and responsible benefits so they can support their families. More than half of union workers in state and local government are women, including teachers, police officers, firefighters, and social workers. Teachers across the country are already standing up for fair pay and better education for students but without the critical protections that their unions provide, workers will be at the mercy of their employers.”
A recent study found that this decision will result in an “average wage cut of about $1,800 per year” and shrink the economy by up to $33 billion. Without collective bargaining, public sector employees lose their ability to ensure safe working conditions and fair pay.
The Voter Participation Center registers and mobilizes the Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people. VPC has registered nearly four million people since 2004 and works to inspire underrepresented groups to increase their civic engagement and permanently change the American electorate.