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IFT Response to Supreme Court Decision in Janus v AFSCME

6/27/2018
WESTMONT – Today, in the case of Janus vs. AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned more than 40 years of legal precedent, where employees who chose not to join the union were required to contribute their fair share toward the costs of union-provided services that all employees benefit from, including contract bargaining and legal representation.
 
In response, Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery released the following statement:

 
“Though not unexpected, it was incredibly disappointing to see powerful special interests take precedence over the best interests of middle-class Americans at the Supreme Court today.
 
This case was a direct attack on working people and the causes we fight for every day – protections like health care, safe workplaces, and small class sizes.
 
This is personal for all teachers, school staff, college faculty and staff, graduate workers, and other hardworking public employees – but even more so here in Illinois, where Governor Bruce Rauner originated this well-funded attack.
 
Rauner and his powerful friends are focused on eliminating unions because we are one of the last checks on their control and their attempts to rig the economy and democracy further against working people.
 
And so no court case will divide us or stop our movement. We value our voice. We value our union. And we will keep fighting powerfully for the future we all deserve.”
 

The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) is made up of more than 100,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in PreK-12 school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees.
 
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