Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear Janus v. AFSCME

Let’s call it what it is; an attack on the freedom of working men and women to have a voice in the workplace. Well-funded powerful corporations are behind this case and are out to destroy the American dream. Here in New York, we are ready, we are organized, and we are making sure our members, the general public, and all elected officials understand that the labor movement is the backbone of the middle class.   Without the middle class, our state and national economy collapses. We will not allow that to happen.

As our opponents know, when the labor movement is thriving we not only raise the wages, benefits and conditions of employment of union members; we raise the standard of living and quality of life of all working people, union or not.

Mario Cilento
President New York State AFL-CIO

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