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News from Progress Michigan
June 26, 2018
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, [email protected]
Janus Case Continues Corporate Effort to Decrease Power of Working People
Case shows yet another corporate-backed assault on organizing power
MICHIGAN — Progress Michigan released the following statement regarding the Janus v. AFSCME ruling by the United States Supreme Court.
“This case, like so many other policies and legal fights we’ve seen from the right, is nothing but an attempt to weaken the ability for working people to organize and increase the power of corporations and the wealthy in our country,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “We know Republicans and their rich donors have a plan to whittle away at collective bargaining power to weaken unions and the voices of working people. This decision is just a continuation of that agenda and it’s a sad day for America. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. People will continue to organize and fight back against the corporate stranglehold on our democracy. When people come together in the workplace and advocate for one another alongside one another, wages go up, benefits increase, and workplaces become safer.”
It well-known that organizations like the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, through the State Policy Network, have an overt plan to destroy public sector unions as a way of securing political power for the right. These corporate front groups want to take out unions not because they care about working people or conditions in the workplace, but because they want more political power for themselves and their wealthy interests.