Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Statement by Congressman John Garamendi on the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Janus v. AFSCME

June 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which forbids public sector unions from requiring “fair share” fees from non-members who still benefit from the collective bargaining process:

“Public sector unions are legally required to bargain on behalf of everyone in their shop, regardless of whether they’re a union member or not. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court creates a massive free-rider issue by eliminating the ability of unions to charge fair share fees for the non-union employees who benefit from the work union representatives do.”

“This case was not decided on the high-minded principles of the First Amendment. Rather, as shown by President Trump’s twitter feed, it is a transparent attack against the political power of public sector unions, who will now be forced by law to collectively bargain on the behalf of all employees in their unit without adequate funding. I believe that our police, firefighter, teacher, and other public-sector unions deserve better treatment, and don’t deserve to have their voices stifled for explicitly political grounds.”