Washington, DC—National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) National Director Gregg Orton and Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Executive Director Alvina Yeh came together to denounce the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which will ultimately undermine American workers and their ability to effectively fight for their rights.
APALA Executive Director Alvina Yeh stated:
“This is a huge blow to the labor movement. Workers deserve to have the freedom to stand together in their unions and have a voice on the job. The same dark web of corporations and wealthy elites that has attacked the LGBTQ community, women, and immigrants has won again and trampled on our rights as well as the voices of working people. We will not back down on the fight for our rights to organize and collectively bargain nor will we stop building power for our immigrant families and communities.”
NCAPA National Director Gregg Orton added:
“The Court’s decision is a devastating setback to the strength of unions and in turn, workers’ rights across the country. Unions are essential in the fight for economic equality; and for Asian American Pacific Islander workers, the ability to unionize has led to increased wages, better benefits and retirement security. The implications of the Court’s decision continues a troubling trend of a government and judiciary failing to put the interests of everyday, hardworking Americans first. While this decision will weaken unions’ ability to stand up and fight, it will not weaken the resolve of good people in this country who believe that America’s greatness has always been built by American workers.”