Donatucci: We must keep fighting for workers’ rights

PHILADELPHIA, June 27 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, chairwoman of the Philadelphia Delegation, released this statement after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision on unions:     

“The high court’s decision was a step in the wrong direction for our families and the working class. It is because of unions that we have an eight-hour work day, rules limiting underage labor and workers who truly believe in what public service is all about.

“This outcome will harm public servants such as nurses, teachers, school district workers, police, firefighters and social workers, in addition to driving down wages for everyone, eliminating health insurance for many working families and making workplace accidents and deaths more likely. 

“Just this month, 1,500 airport workers at the Philadelphia International Airport secured their first union contract, more than doubling their wages in the process and ensuring workplace protections for the men and women who make the airport work. Thousands of health-care workers across the commonwealth have joined SEIU Healthcare PA in recent years and adjunct faculty members at colleges and universities across the state have been joining unions in droves.  

“Every resident, not only in Philadelphia but across the commonwealth, will be harmed if we allow the attacks on working families to continue. We must make it easier, not harder, for men and women to join together to form strong unions and fight for good pay and better working conditions. Pennsylvania needs strong unions.”