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ST. PAUL, Minnesota. June 24, 2022 – Education Minnesota responded Friday to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a nearly 50-year-old precedent set out in Roe. v. Wade that protected abortion rights.
The executive committee of Education Minnesota released the following statement:
“Our union family supports each other through the good times and our struggles, no matter where we teach, how old we are, or what we look like. This decision by the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t just an attack on abortion rights. It’s an attack on workers’ rights.
“All workers should have the freedom to make decisions about their own bodies, health and futures without interference from the government or their employers. These choices have a direct impact on the ability of workers to build a better life for themselves.
“This assault on reproductive freedom reinforces why unions need to harness their collective power and fight for affordable health care for all, equal pay for equal work, and paid family and medical leave so workers can care for themselves or loved ones without fear of losing a paycheck.
“That’s why this fall’s election is so important. Every Minnesotan needs to be a voter to elect candidates who will defend workers’ rights – including their right to health care and bodily autonomy. We can make it happen, but only if Minnesotans do it together.”
About Education Minnesota
Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.