America’s economy has swung out of balance. It’s getting harder to get by, let alone get ahead. Everyday Americans are working more than ever before and that’s created record wealth that’s everywhere but ordinary peoples’ wallets.
Our economic rules unfairly favor corporate CEOs and the rich because they manipulate the rules in their favor. Almost no one stands up for average Americans these days, and now there is a Supreme Court case called Friedrichs v. CTA that threatens to make it even worse.
What Is Friedrichs v. CTA?
A group called the Center for Individual Rights—which the American Prospect recently revealed has been funded by the Koch Brothers and other one percenters—has come against the California Teachers Association (CTA), the National Association of Educators (NEA), and other organizations to make it even harder for public service workers like firefighters, nurses, and social workers to band together at work. This case is just the latest tactic by the same wealthy special interests who have been attacking working people for decades. And AFGE members aren’t going to take it.
Who is trying to undermine the rights of working people to negotiate together? Corporate CEOs and wealthy special interests who manipulate the economic rules in their favor by trying to make it even harder for working people—including AFGE members—to come together, speak up, and get ahead.
But we aren’t going to take it.
We know that unions are made up of people who join together to make their voices heard on issues that affect all of us: working to make sure we can all retire with dignity; holding billionaires like corporate CEOs accountable for paying their fair share; and making sure that employers understand that we are working harder and harder just to get by. And we know the only way to do that is by using our strength in numbers—banding together and speaking with one voice.
“We all benefit from having our voices heard,” AGFE National President J. David Cox, Sr. said in solidarity with working people across the country, “We believe everyone who works should be able to make ends meet, have a say about their futures, and have the right to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their family.”
The U.S. Supreme Court should reject this attempt by wealthy special interests to make it even harder for working people to come together, speak up for one another, and get ahead. In the words of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, “No one succeeds alone.” Let’s keep it that way!