Brown Statement on Janus V. AFSCME Decision

Senator’s Plan to Restore Value of Work in America Includes Legislative Proposals to Give Workers More Power in Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled against workers’ freedom to organize and advocate for themselves.

“Today’s decision by this anti-worker Supreme Court is an attack on workers’ freedom to advocate for themselves,” said Brown. “Workers produce more than ever, but don’t share in the wealth they create. Our economy doesn’t value work. We change that by giving workers a voice in the businesses they help build – not silencing them. The decision is shameful, and it’s a setback – but we’re not going to stop organizing and fighting back for workers who build the middle class.”

Last March, Brown unveiled a plan to restore the value of work in America, which included provisions to give workers more power in the workforce. Brown’s plan notes that a decline in union membership has led to a decline in the value of work. Brown’s plan proposes expanding collective bargaining rights and making sure rights to unionize and bargain are protected and enforced.

As part of that plan, Brown introduced legislation to prevent states from introducing so-called “right-to-work” laws that make it harder for workers to form unions and bargain for better wages and working conditions.