Community Leaders Rally with Unions as U.S Supreme Court Hears Case

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Boston area workers and community leaders joined together Monday to take part in a pro-union rally, on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a case involving union fees. 

The court heard from both sides in a challenge to an Illinois law that allows unions representing government employees to collect fees from workers who opt not to join.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders told hundreds of union workers at a rally outside the Fire Station on Purchase Street  that the Goldman Sachs and Koch Brothers of the world want to take away the power of organized labor.

Senator Elizabeth Warren urged the country's highest court not to let that happen. She says the court's ruling could have a major financial impact on unions nationwide.

“We ’re here today to call on the Supreme Court  to  make the right decision,  instead of doing the  bidding of those with money and power, the court can defend justice for the workers,” Warren said.

President Trump’s administration has filed a brief supporting the challenge to the union fees.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

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