WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Wednesday released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision on the Janus v. AFSCME case. The case, fueled by a number of conservative and anti-worker groups, sought to weaken public sector unions that represent state and local government workers.

“This court continues to side with the wealthy and powerful, stripping away protections from workers and the disenfranchised. Deep-pocketed special interests want nothing more than to nickel-and-dime our firefighters and police officers, so they can keep on getting their millionaire tax cuts. It’s up to us to stand up and fight back,” said Murphy. “Strong unions mean a strong middle class. At a time when big corporations are consolidating power and the wealthy are getting wealthier, collective bargaining is one of the few tools regular folks have left to get a fair shot at a living wage, good health care, and a pension. I will keep fighting for Connecticut workers’ right to stand together and advocate for what they deserve.”