House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) 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 to the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation.
“Today’s outcome reaffirmed what so many working families across our nation already knew – the better wages, higher safety standards and benefits that unions bring to the workplace benefit all working people equally,” said Strahorn. “The higher quality of life that working people experience when they come together to speak with one voice and sit at the same table as equals with their boss is undeniable. Just as citizens in civilized society are expected to contribute their fair share in order to benefit from services and goods like police and fire protection, schools, libraries, roads, unemployment protection and retirement security – today’s outcome confirms that colleagues in the workplace have a similar responsibility to work toward the greater good. The outcome of this case is great for America.”