Skip to Content
Resize Text:      A A
For information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services by clicking here, or the CDC website by clicking here.
Jun 27, 2018

Tester Slams Supreme Court Decision that Weakens Workers’ Rights

Senator: This is a Punch in the Gut to Working Families

(U.S. Senate)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public sector unions may no longer collect fair share fees from nonmembers, even though the law requires them to bargain for fair pay and safe working conditions on nonmembers’ behalf, weakening the collective bargaining rights of working families:

“This bad decision is a punch in the gut to Montana working families. It paves the way for Montanans to work more and make less money, it invites the deterioration of workplace protections, and it rolls back much of what Montanans have been fighting for over the past 100 years. I will relentlessly defend Montana workers against this threat to our livelihoods and to our way of life.”

Tester was the only member of Montana's Senate delegation to oppose the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was the deciding vote on today's decision to weaken Montana’s public employees’ right to collectively bargain.

This is the U.S. Supreme Court’s second major decision in the past week that threatens Montana. In another unpopular decision decided by Gorsuch, the Court decided last week to force Montanans to collect and remit sales taxes to help shore up the finances of other states.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

Home   |   Meet Jon   |   Services   |   Newsroom   |   Legislation   |   Contact   |   Privacy