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Supreme Ct.-AFSCME Outside Telling of Union Importance

Published on Jan 12, 2016

Something important happened inside the Supreme Court on January 11th. But something just as important happened outside.

AFSCME members Stephen Mittons and Dovard Howard joined dozens of other public employees on the steps of the Court to reiterate the vital role their unions play in helping them serve their communities. As they spoke, inside the nine justices were hearing arguments in Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association.
Stephen is a child protective investigator. He spoke to the crowd about how his union advocates for the resources he needs to keep Chicago’s most vulnerable children safe. Dovard ensures that his Southern California community has clean, safe drinking water. 

Dovard and Stephen know that this upcoming Supreme Court case is just the next step in a decades-long campaign by corporate CEOS and wealthy special interests trying to make it even harder for working to come together, speak up, and get ahead. 

As AFSCME members, we know that rich and powerful corporate interests want to weaken our union. That’s why, no matter what the Supreme Court decides, we must continue to fight together. We must never quit.