State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today applauded the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California, which challenged fair share fees for public non-union employees who benefit from collective bargaining negotiations that increase wages and bring better benefits and safety protections in the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation. 

“The purpose of unions is to give a voice to every employee—regardless of membership—because every American deserves to work in a safe and fair environment. I applaud the outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds our workers’ constitutional right to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions,” said Sykes.

In 2011, Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Senate Bill 5, a measure to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. The Ohio legislature is currently considering House Bill 377, legislation to bring Friedrichs-like restrictions to Ohio and turn the state into a Right to Work is Wrong state. 

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