June 27, 2018
Contact: Jamie Lucas 720-621-3689
Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals Statement
on Today’s Supreme Court Decision
Milwaukee, WI--Today's Supreme Court decision, the Janus ruling, impacts unions and union members across the country, but it means something unique to us in Wisconsin. We have endured attacks on our rights as working people over the last several years. Unfortunately, our union sisters and brothers across the country are now getting a taste of what we have faced. However, we have never stopped fighting for what our members and patients deserve--no matter what--and today will not weaken our resolve.
“This is a very bad ruling, but living in a state that for years has been attacking workers’ rights, we have learned that we can be a strong and effective union when we stick together and join with the community to stand up for working families. In spite of relentless attacks, nurses and healthcare workers in Wisconsin continue to join together in our union, because they know the future is better when workers have unions,” said WFNHP President, Candice Owley.
This ruling is another reminder that there is no court, politician, or law that will enact fairness in our hospitals, our clinics, or our communities. We are a union of healthcare professionals, and we know best what we need to deliver quality care and take care of our own families. Our collective potential is the only true check and balance on the sprawling corporatization of healthcare that increasingly consolidates power in the hands of administrators and executives who have never worked a day in our shoes. There's so much more to healthcare than a business plan, and our union knows that.
To weaken unions is to attempt to mute the voice of nurses, techs, nursing assistants, food service workers, housekeepers, therapists, nursing assistants-- all of us. We will not be silenced, despite this setback. There's too much at stake.
Wisconsin FNHP is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers which represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.
A Union of Professionals