By Judith Ohikuare

The decision is set to impact women and workers of colour, as unions have traditionally helped disenfranchised groups fight for fair pay. “Unions play an essential role in boosting the quality of jobs around the country and the research shows that women and people of color especially benefit from the collective bargaining power unions provide,” said Heidi Hartmann, the president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in a statement. “Labor unions have been at the forefront of the fight for fair pay and helped secure labor standards that are cornerstones of the American workplace, including the 40-hour work week, a national minimum wage, premium pay for overtime, health insurance, and family and medical leave.”

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