Jun 27, 2018 | Press Release

Statement from NYC CLC President Vincent Alvarez in response to the US Supreme Court Decision on Janus v AFSCME Council 31

New York, NY - "We know that these attacks on unions are being driven by anti-worker and other right wing interests to strike a blow at the infrastructure that supports every day working class Americans—not simply unionized public sector workers, but their private sector counterparts as well.

"This is the culmination of a well-funded decades-long campaign to weaken unions and the progressive movement in order to solidify political and economic power, radically redistributing wealth from the bottom to the top of society. These groups are desperate to undermine the labor movement because they know that 61% of Americans approve of unions, the highest percentage since 2003, and that the majority of Americans would join a union if given the opportunity.

"A strong labor movement is critical to achieving family-sustaining wages, meaningful benefits, and a path to the middle class for workers throughout our city. We are more determined than ever to fight for workers’ rights to a voice in their workplace and in their collective futures. Despite today’s decision, New York City is, has always been, and will continue to be a Union Town."


Vincent Alvarez

President, New York City

Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO