BYLINE: Mark Hofmann
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) and a collection of union leaders are voicing their concerns if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court in terms of workers’ rights.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, and a collection of union leaders are voicing their concerns over the potential confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in terms of workers ’ rights.
During a press conference call on Thursday afternoon, Casey said the “fight is just beginning” over President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
“In my view, it’s very simple what’s been happening in Washington lately,” Casey said about the corporate right controlling two of the three branches of government. “Now, we’re supposed to turn over the third branch of government to the corporate right.”
Casey said he would not be compliant in that and will oppose the nomination of Kavanagh, whom he said will shift the balance of the already corporate-leaning Supreme Court to favor the corporations and not the workers.
“If we don’t have a court that is committed to all Americans to provide equal justice under the law, we will have a government of robbers robbing people of their rights, robbing people of their ability to organize, robbing people of their health care, robbing people of basic protections that Americans should have,” Caseysaid.
Casey was joined with Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, who said a Supreme Court nomination is something that’s no small matter and something that deserves “great scrutiny from working people.”
Trumka said that Kavanaugh’s judicial record makes no secret of “his unbending loyalty to corporate powers” that will further lean the Supreme Court to a corporate-friendly governmental body.
“That’s not justice, it’s greed,” Trumka said, adding that Kavanaugh has consistently sided with management over unions in his opinions as a jurist. “We need someone to extend the guarantees of the constitution.”
Rebecca Pringle, vice president of the National Education Association (NEA), said 3 million of their members in education have made it clear that a Kavanaugh confirmation will tip the scales of justice to the wealthy and away from their students and the NEA’s mission to fulfill a promise of education to the public.
“Without social justice, there will be no education justice,” Pringle said, adding that they sent over 60,000 messages to Congress stating the NEA will not support anyone who doesn’t urge senators to conduct a thorough examination of Kavanaugh’s records.
Along with representatives from the Alliance for Justice, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the American Federation of Teachers, Monika Roberts with the SEIU Local 500 in Maryland also agreed that a Kavanaugh confirmation would create a Supreme Court that favors corporations and the wealthy.
“No matter if you’re white, black or brown, all Americans can agree that we need more good jobs – and union jobs are good jobs,” said Roberts. “However, if Judge Kavanaugh were confirmed, he would use the Supreme Court to carry out his mission to make it harder for Americans to join together in unions.”