San­ders State­ment on Court Rul­ing on Work­ers

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Burling­ton, VT

Sen.Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment yes­ter­day af­ter the Supreme Court ruled that some home health care work­ers can­not be re­quired to pay fees to cover the costs of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing:

“To­day’s Supreme Court de­ci­sion by Jus­tice Al­ito and four other ex­treme right-wing Repub­li­cans is an­other at­tack on the rights of work­ers to col­lec­tively bar­gain for higher wages and de­cent ben­e­fits. Make no mis­take: this de­ci­sion will lead to an in­crease in in­come in­equal­ity, a fur­ther de­cline in the wages of mid­dle-class work­ers and an in­crease in poverty.

“Over the past decade, the wages of both union and non-union home health aides in Illi­nois have nearly dou­bled as a re­sult of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing. At a time when the num­ber of home health care jobs is ex­pected to in­crease by about 70 per­cent over the next decade, we should be mak­ing it eas­ier, not harder, for these work­ers to make a de­cent liv­ing.

“As bad as this 5-4 de­ci­sion is, it could have been a lot worse. While the Supreme Court di­min­ished the rights of home health aides, it did not im­pede the abil­ity of other pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees to have an ef­fec­tive voice at the bar­gain­ing ta­ble. I look for­ward to work­ing with my col­leagues to strengthen the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing rights of all work­ers when the Se­nate gets back in ses­sion.”

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