The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned 41 years of precedent and ruled that public-sector unions can no longer collect dues from individuals who are not members but who receive bargaining representation, services and privileges. Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education President Mónica García issued the following statement:
“From Martin Luther King Jr., to Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, many of our most iconic civil rights heroes have been intimately tied to improving conditions for the working poor. Historically, organized labor has helped level the economic playing field for families and their children.
“In fact, I am the daughter of a shop steward, and I have the privilege of representing more than 600,000 constituents and serving as president of the largest school district in the western United States.
“Democracy still requires much more effort to achieve equitable inclusion of multiple perspectives and having all stakeholders at the decision-making table.
“While the impact of this decision will be felt for decades, leadership in every state, local government and school district in our nation must listen better, continue to act in the public interest, and promote the ideals of liberty and justice for all.
“The pursuit of justice is a shared responsibility of all people.”