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Malloy, Wyman Side With Unions, Blast Janus Supreme Court Decision

June 28, 2018 By Staff
Malloy, Wyman Side With Unions, Blast Janus Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court decision may impact public-sector unions' bottom line, which in turn may help Connecticut get its fiscal house in order. Malloy and Wyman are not happy.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) are not happy about Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, if their statements are any evidence.

The Supreme Court ruled this week that public-sector unions cannot force non-union members to pay so-called ‘agency fees’ that often function as dues. The decision could impact union bosses’ bottom line, which in turn could affect their ability to influence policymakers in Connecticut and elsewhere.

Malloy said the decision is a “blow to the ability of unions to effectively represent the interests of the workers they are charged with defending.”

Governor Malloy said, “Today’s ruling is a blow to the principles of collective bargaining – but more worrisome, it is a blow to the ability of unions to effectively represent the interests of the workers they are charged with defending. It is another troubling milestone in a long-term effort to diminish the efficacy of organized labor groups – and by extension working families. It is no coincidence that as union membership has declined, income inequality has drastically increased, and today’s Supreme Court decision will only exacerbate that trend.”

Wyman said she was “disappointed in any effort to defund the initiatives that protect our workers.”

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also weighed in, just before the craziness set off by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Murphy called the Supreme Court a “political arm of the Republican Party.”

Clearly, Malloy, Wyman, and Murphy are on the side of unions forcing non-members to pay fees.