STATEMENT: The Freedom to Organize is Fundamental to Democracy

Monday, February 26, 2018


Michelle C. Whittaker
Director of Communications / 202-567-6103

The Freedom to Organize is Fundamental to Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 26, 2018) - The Democracy Initiative stands with all workers to exercise their democratic right to organize and collectively bargain. Union members have been central to many of the economic and social movements of the last century and are the backbone of our economy. The Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court represents an attack on the freedoms of hardworking Americans across the country seeking to build a better life for themselves and their communities.

"I know firsthand the importance of a union," said Wendy Fields, executive director of the Democracy Initiative. "I am the proud daughter of a nurse and grew up in a single parent home. It is because my mother had the right to form a union and collectively bargain that our immigrant hardworking family had a middle class life. We all must be able to fulfill and live the promise of democracy. The Janus v. AFSCME case is a blatant attempt by corporations and wealthy interests to block the opportunity for millions of people to have a doorway to the American dream."

The Democracy Initiative, a dynamic coalition of 64 groups representing more than 40 million members from the civil rights, labor, and environmental movements, is committed in its work to mobilize millions for a representative democracy. Central to our work is preventing attacks by corporate and wealthy interests that attempt to shrink the power of the grassroots in our workplace and the halls of power. As millions of union workers rally across the country, our partner members stand side by side to defend a democracy that works for all.



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