Friedrichs v. CTA is an Attack on All Working People - Whether You Belong to a Union or Not

Posted on 11 Jan, 16 by Hayley Prim

Case brought by Koch-funded group would weaken the rights of employees and silence the voice of working Americans

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

“At a time when they need a voice more than ever before, this case threatens the ability of working people to earn what they worked for,” said Geri Prado, executive director of The Progressive Agenda Committee. “America’s economy has swung out of balance. Everyday Americans are working more than ever before, but they’re creating record wealth for a recovery that hasn’t reached ordinary people’s wallets. What’s happening here is really quite simple. This case is nothing more than an attack on working people and will continue to chip away at the middle class.”

Wealthy special interests are trying to silence the voices of working people who stand in their way – and making it even harder for teachers, nurses, and firefighters for example to speak up together for better wages and benefits.

“Everyone who works hard in this country should be able to make ends meet and have the right to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their family,” said Prado. “The 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.”

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