June 24, 2022
WASHINGTON—American labor unions quickly and angrily reacted to the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision to let states outlaw abortion.
The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade “is a devastating blow to working women and families across this country. We strongly believe that everyone should have control over their own bodies, including decisions over their personal reproductive health care,” AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said in a statement. “This is just the latest in a harmful string of attacks on our fundamental rights, including the right to vote and to collectively bargain in the workplace.”
“In the span of one week, an extremist-dominated Supreme Court decided it has the authority to divine who in America has rights and freedoms and who does not,” said American Federation of Teachers [AFT] President Randi Weingarten. “In the span of 24-hours, this court ruled that states can’t regulate gun owners but can regulate the bodies of anyone who can reproduce.”
The Chicago Teachers Union, posting on Twitter, said the decision “clearly represents a right-wing fringe and not the views of the majority of Americans, is an attempt to silence women and others, and revert to a previous era of blatant gender discrimination. It is also a tentacle of a vile and discriminatory movement against our rights to public education, fair housing, affordable health care, gun control, and the right to vote.”
“A corrupt, illegitimate, and radical right-wing majority on the Supreme Court has carried out a brutal attack on women and fundamental rights in this country,” said SEIU 32BJ President Kyle Bragg.
The outrage was not limited to unions with a large proportion of women members. “The extremists on the Supreme Court who don’t believe in reproductive rights also don’t believe in the most basic labor rights,” the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades posted on Twitter. “These reactionary attacks on our rights won’t stop here. We must stand up, fight back and hold the line for all of us.” https://www.laborpress.org/