Attorney General Hector Balderas
ALBUQUERQUE ― AG Balderas has joined 20 Democratic attorneys general, in strongly disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
The case involved public employees paying fees to support the cost of critical representation during collective bargaining. These union fees, along with member dues, are used to represent all employees – both union and non-union employees.
“Our teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses, and other public employees – often underpaid and whose pensions are being attacked politically – provide vital services that benefit all of our communities. I am committed to ensuring working people can join together to fight for fair and livable wages, workplace safety, pensions, paid sick days, health-care services, and other important protections,” Balderas said. “The Supreme Court decision today disregards decades of precedent regarding collective bargaining. The Janus ruling undermines unions at a time when more protections for working people and middle-class families are needed, not fewer.”
AG Balderas is joined in this effort by attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.