After Harris v. Quinn

Anti-union forces were foiled in their effort to destroy public sector unions when the Supreme Court  issued narrow ruling in the Harris v. Quinn case. In a 5-4 decision released June 30, 2014, the Court held that ‘partial-public’ home care workers in Illinois were not sufficiently similar to state employees to be covered under decades-long precedents protecting union security clauses.

"The Supreme Court decision only strengthens our resolve to protect the rights of our members and the quality services they provide to Connecticut citizens," said Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano.

The original case out of Illinois was a direct result of attacks by right-wing front groups against ordinary working people. These anti-union organizations have worked for decades and spent millions of dollars to eradicate unions and silence the voice of working Americans.

In Harris v. Quinn, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined with governors from five other states to submit an amicus brief to the Court in support of public employees’ right to form unions and to collectively bargain over their pay, pension, healthcare and working conditions. (Click here to read the governor's statement on the SCOTUS decision.)

As our national AFSCME President Lee Saunders said:

"Today’s ruling did not hand anti-worker extremists the victory they’d been hoping for because the Court did not revoke collective bargaining rights for public service workers or care providers. It did not eliminate existing contracts. That would have been a fundamental gutting of the American Dream, but make no mistake – Justice Alito’s opinion made clear that the relentless assault on workers’ rights will not abate.