AFSCME gets Supreme Court snicker
Lawyer quip on public sector employees being underpaid generates laugh
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that if successful would virtually mean right-to-work status for all public sector workers across the nation. At the hearing the AFSCME union’s attorney made a comment that elicited laughter from the court room.
Chief Justice John Roberts asked if public sector unions are involved in advocacy when it comes to wages and a state budget.
“I wouldn't put it quite that way,” AFSCME attorney David Frederick said. “What I would say is that of course most public servants are underpaid, and I will stipulate to that before this body.”
The people in the chamber laughed.
Richard Trumka, the president of the national AFSCME, had his total compensation in 2017 increase to $315,368, a 7 percent raise from 2016.
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