UMWA’s Roberts: Janus decision accelerates corporate attack on American working families


JUNE 27, 2018

[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today.

“With today’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME District Council 31, the elitist billionaires who have targeted the rights of American working families got the decision they bought and paid for. They financed this lawsuit; they financed the campaigns of the politicians who confirmed the judges to the Supreme Court who made this decision; and they financed the anti-worker organizations who provide cover for their attacks on worker’s rights.”

“Make no mistake: They view this decision as a big victory in their long-term effort to destroy working families’ power and silence our voices. But I have confidence that in the end, the corporate elitists will fail. American workers understand that their rights are under attack and will respond.”

“The UMWA proudly represents thousands of public employees — Corrections Officers; State, County and Municipal Employees; Police Officers; Deputy Sheriffs; and more. Those workers have sought out UMWA representation because they know their jobs and their lives are better because they are in a union. We prove that to them everyday and this decision will not affect our commitment to them in any way.”