WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that it is unconstitutional for public employee unions to require collective bargaining fees from workers who choose not to join the union, a major blow for the U.S. labor movement:

“As a former union firefighter and the grandson of a United Mine Workers representative, labor is in my blood,” said Bost. “Unions have played an instrumental role in strengthening the hand of America’s working men and women for generations.  It is only right that workers who receive higher pay, benefits, and workplace protections contribute their fair share of the costs.  While this position may not always be popular in my party, for me it’s one that rises above politics.”

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