Harrisburg, PA – As the Supreme Court of the United States hears opening arguments on Janus v. AFSCME, Governor Wolf offered the following statement in support of Pennsylvania workers and the collective bargaining that has helped workers inside and outside of unions:
“As this case attempts to take us backwards, we must charge in the opposite direction and make the economy work for all Pennsylvanians. If the Janus case is decided against workers, they could lose the right to have their voices heard in their workplace. As a former business owner, I know that it is great workers that make companies successful and when workers are well-treated, their success is even greater.
“Unfortunately, for special interests that are driven by profits, Janus v. AFSCME is part of decades-long effort to destroy unions. Special interest groups have formed throughout the country with the goal of weakening unions, and making it easier for their donors to make money at the expense of working families.
“Here in Pennsylvania we are going to fight for working families. A living wage and strong unions for workers will allow our economy to grow and strengthen Pennsylvania’s middle class. As the Supreme Court hears this case, we will do everything in our power to make sure Pennsylvanians can join together to fight for the good, union jobs our communities need.”
Read Governor Wolf’s joint op-ed with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto here.