Candidates statements on the Janus Decision and Labor Unions
Governor Tom Wolf
"The Court's decision is a major step backward for working families and the middle class. For generations, unions in our country have fought for and won protections we all enjoy, including the 40 hour work week, weekends, paid time off, and improved conditions for those who are trying to make ends meet."
"When people can come together and use their voices, we all benefit. And when workers are silenced, families pay the price and the economy becomes more rigged for the rich and powerful."
"This case was driven by special interests trying to maximize their own profit at the expense of families and the Court's ruling is just the latest effort to deny workers the dignity and respect they deserve."
"Here in Pennsylvania, I will continue to focus on creating good-paying jobs and growing our economy. Protecting the rights of those who work hard, every day to get ahead, is integral to achieving our collective goals."
"Today's Supreme Court decision is a huge step forward empowering workers and putting more money in the paychecks of public employees, for them to do what they want with it, not what union bosses want. With this precedent now in place, as governor, I will be able to make the necessary reforms to ensure that more Pennsylvanians can find jobs, they can be compensated fairly for them, and we can make reforms to the public education system we need. If Tom Wolf and the public sector union bosses are really committed to protecting and empowering workers they should celebrate this decision and the freedom it provides."
Despite feigning support for private sector unions on the campaign trail, Scott Wagner was caught telling voters that he won’t release his tax returns because he doesn’t want his workers at his companies to join a union. Wagner is afraid that once his employees learn how much he’s pocketing, they’ll want to join a union and earn their fair share.
“Scott Wagner was caught red-handed telling voters that he doesn’t want his workers represented by a union. We believe he is now telling the truth about his views on labor because nobody in Harrisburg has been more anti-union and anti-worker than him,” Allegheny – Fayette County Central Labor Council President Darrin Kelly said. “Scott Wagner likes to pretend he supports private sector unions in order to get votes in Western Pennsylvania, be we know it is all a lie. This November, the men and women of organized labor will be sending Mr. Wagner a message that every worker – even Penn Waste Employees – have a right to join a union.”