WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 30, 2014 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court decision in Harris v. Quinn:
This decision is a setback not only for workers who do some of the most important jobs in America – caring for the ill and the elderly in their own homes – but also for those they care for. When health care workers do their jobs in a publicly-run institution, such as a hospital or a nursing home, there is no question that they are public employees. That should not change just because the state pays those same workers to work in the home, thereby encouraging a more humane, less expensive option.
Union representation is the best way to guarantee a well-trained, stable, safe workforce, as well as to raise the standard of living for all working Americans. We will work with our friends in the labor movement to fight any further erosion in the rights of working Americans and ensure that they have a strong voice in determining their own future.
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