New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has joined the Attorneys General from 19 other states and the District of Columbia in signing an amicus brief in Janus v. AFSCME, a case before the United States Supreme Court that threatens to overturn more than four decades of precedent, established in 1977 in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, regarding the relationship between public employee unions and employees who choose not to be union members.
NJEA President Marie Blistan issued this statement thanking Attorney General Grewal and Gov. Murphy for taking a principled stand to protect the rights of unionized workers:
“Gov. Murphy has consistently taken the side of working people, throughout his campaign and now as governor. Attorney General Grewal’s decision to sign an amicus brief in the Janus case demonstrates that the Murphy administration is going to live up to its pro-worker, pro-union commitments. The Janus case represents an attempt by corporate special interests to further rig the economy against working people by undermining the strength of unions. They know that when employees join together to negotiate their salaries, benefits and working conditions, they can tip the balance of power back toward working families. We are grateful that the state of New Jersey is on record in supporting its employees over those who want to turn back the clock on labor rights. In the nearly 50 years since New Jersey’s public sector collective bargaining law was signed, NJEA and other public employee unions have fought for safe and healthy working conditions for workers and economic security and justice for employees and their families. Regardless of the outcome of the Janus case, that work will continue because working women and men deserve a voice and deserve the treatment that only unions can help achieve.”
NJEA itself is a signatory to another amicus brief, filed on behalf of NEA, along with twenty four state affiliates and the American Association of University Professors on the Janus case. It is among nearly 80 amicus briefs that have been filed on this closely watched case.
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