MassLive covered the Working People’s Day of Action on February 26 — the same day the US Supreme Court heard arguments in the Janus case:
U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, joined union leaders and workers at a rally in Boston on Monday to support unions as the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case that could significantly diminish union power.
“For years, big corporations and billionaire donors and their Republican allies have launched one assault after another against unions and against working people,” Warren said. “Corporations and anti-union forces are doing everything they can to tilt the scales in their favor….We’re here today because we have not given up. We’re ready to fight back.”
BTU Political Director Johnny McInnis spoke to MassLive reporters:
Johnny McInnis, political director for Boston Teachers Union and a Boston music teacher, said he used to teach in North Carolina, a state that does not require non-union members to pay a fee. There, he said, there was no union, pay was low, and it was hard to push for better working conditions. He said he worked as a part-time UPS driver while teaching, because that job was unionized so the benefits were better.
When McInnis came to Boston, he said he learned the benefits of a union in pushing for better working conditions and better conditions for students.