Janus v. AFSCME is set to be heard by the Supreme Court in 19 days and public employee unions are preparing for the case. Today those unions held a press conference in Washington D.C. to discuss the case and to let the public know what they are doing to lessen the effects of the outcome.
Other speakers spoke about the importance of having a union. Eskelsen Garcia said that thanks to her teacher's union, a young Latina who is the daughter of an immigrant was given a pathway to the middle class. Bonnie Bentum, an HS teacher and Executive Board member for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) said that thanks to the hard work of her union, they were able to defeat the meddling of the Koch brothers and other billionaires who wanted to privatize the school system. "Our contract makes schools a safer and fairer place for students and educators," Bentum said. "The attacks on workers are attacks on entire communities." Kember Kane, a Kindergarten teacher in Maryland and NEA member also pointed out that students have more educational opportunities in states with strong teachers unions.
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