Writers Guild of America, East Statement on Janus Decision

Writers Guild of America East

NEW YORK, NY (JUNE 27, 2018) – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) issued the following statement regarding today’s United States Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31:”

“We should harbor no illusions about this terrible decision: it was the product of raw power politics, not constitutional deliberation.  The Koch Brothers and their hard-right-wing allies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent decades to undermine the ability of working Americans to fight for themselves, to have a voice on the job, to win terms and conditions of employment that make it possible to support a family and pay the bills. 

“The Janus decision is part of a cynical scheme (which included the U.S. Senate’s stunning refusal to consider a nominee to replace Antonin Scalia in 2016) to deprive public sector labor organizations of the basic ability to sustain themselves, financially.  Score one for the plutocrats, who have won an ugly victory at the expense of the people who build our roads and teach our children and fight our fires.” 

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, news and digital media. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.