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STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden on Harris v. Quinn Decision

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Contact: Chelsea Kiene
Phone: 202.478.5328

Washington, D.C. — Today, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn, which held that partial public employees cannot be required to pay union bargaining fees, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden issued the following statement:

Today’s Harris v. Quinn decision is the latest Roberts Court attack on important protections for hard-working Americans that sides with wealthy special interests in weakening worker protections. This decision may be limited to those who the Supreme Court deems not fully public-sector workers, but it is clear the Court is willing to wield the First Amendment as a weapon to hurt workers. The Harris v. Quinn decision is a blow to working families; at a time when wages are stagnant, weakening worker protections is the exact opposite of what we should be doing. Today’s decision will strengthen our resolve to ensure that middle-class families have a strong voice for good jobs and workplace protections.

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