June 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling on Janus v. AFSCME:

“Today, the Supreme Court issued a partisan ruling in Janus v. AFSCME that will undermine teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other public-sector workers who are fighting for fair pay and decent benefits. Unions are the backbone of the workplace and help keep leaders and elected officials accountable by ensuring employees have the right to organize and have a voice on issues that affect them, their safety, and the well-being of their families,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

“Overturning four decades of precedent, the Court ruled that public sector unions’ long-held practice of collecting ‘fair share fees’ for the services they are legally required to provide workers is a violation of the First Amendment. Today's ruling is an unprecedented attack on unions and the rights of the more than 17.3 million public employees around the nation.

“Unions remain the most effective vehicle for the power in numbers needed for working people to secure their rights and freedoms, and provide a pathway to the middle class. Following today’s decision, we must continue our fight in support of unions and stand united against efforts intended to divide our nation and weaken the laws that keep workers, our families, and communities strong.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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