BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Ganim says a ruling issued today by the U.S. Supreme Court is an attack on the nation’s unions. The ruling in an Illinois case says public sector workers cannot be forced to pay union dues, even if they receive the benefits of collective bargaining. This divided ruling by the conservative leaning court could cost unions thousands of members and tens of millions of dollars.
“The Supreme Court decision is nothing less than an attack on collective bargaining and working and middle class families,” said Ganim. “We must do everything we can to support our public sector unions, with whom we've partnered in government for many years.”
“Between the Supreme Court and the Trump Administration, the hard won rights of collective bargaining and the ability of men and women to collectively organize are under assault as never before in recent times. As governor, I will lead the effort to oppose this assault on the ability of working men and women to have good paying jobs and safe working conditions,” said Ganim.
“This is proving to be one of the most radical Supreme Courts we have ever seen, with decisions allowing discrimination based on sexual orientation and religion, restricting women’s access to family planning, and now giving a financial incentive for public sector workers to leave their union. In Connecticut, we must lead the way to resist this effort,” said Ganim.