Press Release ● Federal Employees
For Immediate Release: 
February 27, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on yesterday’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the Janus v. AFSCME case challenging workers’ collective bargaining rights:

"Public employees deserve to benefit from collective bargaining just as private sector employees do, and I hope the Supreme Court will agree that fair-share fees are necessary to maintain the collective bargaining strength of labor organizations representing public servants. 

“As someone who represents thousands of public sector employees in my district serving Americans at all levels of government, I understand how important it is for these patriotic workers to earn middle-class wages, work in safe environments, and be protected from arbitrary workplace decisions.  All of these are results of collective bargaining from which all workers, whether or not they are members of the public union representing them at the bargaining table, benefit. That is why the cost of such collective bargaining, according to decades of settled law, should be fairly borne by all workers. 

“I strongly support the organizations that are fighting on public employees’ behalf.  In hearing the Janus v. AFSCME case yesterday, I hope the justices saw the merit of allowing the longstanding interpretation of the law to stand."