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MT officials react to Supreme Court organized labor ruling

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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor.

Montana officials released the following statements on the decision.

Governor Steve Bullock today issued the following statement:

The US Supreme Court just overturned 40 years of settled law that workers, employers and unions across the country rely on. All the more ironic, the 5-4 decision cited Citizens United as a reason to do so.

Congressman Greg Gianforte:

Today’s Supreme Court decision is a win for our public servants – Montana’s teachers, police officers, and firefighters. Hardworking Montanans shouldn’t be forced to join a union and have their hard-earned money taken from them if that’s not what they want. Instead, workers should be able to decide what’s best for them and their families. Today’s decision reaffirms our First Amendment rights to speech and assembly.

Bob Funk - Communications Director for Montana AFL-CIO:

The Supreme Court’s ruling today is just another example of reckless and vicious attacks on working people. Unfortunately this is nothing new. This is something that has been going on since unions first started fighting for working people and special interests with a lot of money didn’t like it.. THe good news is that we knew this was coming because we knew that there were billionaires and special interests in massive corporations that had filled the pipeline with these lawsuits so we knew this was coming and our unions are prepared, ready and strong in terms of reaching out to the membership and explaining this decision to them.

U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued the following statement:

This bad decision is a punch in the gut to Montana working families. It paves the way for Montanans to work more and make less money, it invites the deterioration of workplace protections, and it rolls back much of what Montanans have been fighting for over the past 100 years. I will relentlessly defend Montana workers against this threat to our livelihoods and to our way of life.
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