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America Works Together Statement in Response to Supreme Court Ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

America Works Together

“Today, the Supreme Court left standing nearly four decades of precedent and sound law that has worked for public employers and working people alike. This marks a significant defeat for the wealthy special interests who want to hijack our economy, our democracy, and even the United States Supreme Court. Millions of teachers, nurses, firefighters, and other public service workers will continue to be able to band together in a union in order to speak up for one another, improve their communities, and hold the wealthy and powerful accountable.

“The Constitution, the law, and the facts are on our side, and we remain confident that we will continue to prevail against the onslaught of baseless litigation from those focused on trying to silence working people in order to benefit themselves at the expense of the rest of us. Read more

Working families poised to take fight-back against wealthy special interests’ agenda, exposed in Friedrichs and SCOTUS fight, to polls in November

Beau Boughamer,, 202-765-9143

WASHINGTON—In issuing a 4-4 opinion in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an attempt by wealthy special interests to restrict opportunities for America’s teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses and others who provide our vital services for our communities to have a voice at work and join together to build a better future for their families. The result in Friedrichs is meaningful for millions of families across the country, as it is a rebuke against this well-funded attack on workers’ voice and ability to join together.

Corporate special interests have used their dark money to push through the courts their anti-worker political agenda to restrict voting rights, to limit the ability for workers to have a voice and to restrict opportunities for women and immigrants as part of their multi-front attack on working families and their communities. This corporate agenda has polluted America’s electoral system and civil political discourse and has made it increasingly apparent for working families that the stakes of the 2016 election couldn’t be higher. Read more

Working People Call on Supreme Court to Protect Right to Negotiate Together to Sustain their Families and Communities


Diverse Group Gathers at Court as Justices Hear Oral Arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

Washington, D.C. – January 11, 2016 – Today, a diverse group of working people from across the country gathered at the U.S. Supreme Court to voice support for the rights of working people to join together to make their voices heard in the workplace as oral arguments were heard in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The case could threaten the ability of working people – like teachers, nurses, social workers and firefighters – to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their family.

Here is what these working people had to say about how their unions benefit their lives and community, and what’s at stake in this case: Read more

America Works Together Coalition Launched to Protect Rights of People to Join Together and Advocate for Pay that Can Sustain Families, Stronger Communities in Landmark Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. – September 22, 2015 – Today, a wide array of groups launched America Works Together, a new coalition to protect the rights of public service workers to negotiate together. These longstanding rights are under renewed attack from wealthy special interests in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a marquee case that will be heard this term by the U.S. Supreme Court. This case, which deals with the rights of people who work in public service like teachers, firefighters, nurses, and social workers, threatens to make it even harder for people to come together, speak up, and get ahead.

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