When former vice president Joe Biden marched in the Labor Day parade, with the emphasis being on labor unions, Hillary Clinton decided to tweet Americans. It was possible that Secretary Clinton actually would have won the election if the Russians had not attacked the U.S. 2016 presidential elections and put their man, Donald Trump, in office. His opponent used her public pulpit to send out a warning.
She wrote that workers “would suffer,” if POTUS stacks the Supreme Court with another ultra-conservative, Judge Brett Kavanaugh:
‘Happy Labor Day. There’s no better time to talk about why workers’ rights would suffer if Brett Kavanaugh, whose hearings for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court start tomorrow, is confirmed. ‘
Labor groups believe that nominee for the Supreme Court Kavanaugh would be “dangerously anti-worker,” according to Mother Jones.
President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Lee Saunders expressed the views of the American Federal Teachers, AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Alliance for Justice and others:
‘Everything we know about Justice Kavanaugh’s record leads us to believe he would operate under a pro-corporation agenda over workers’ rights, over civil rights, and more.’
Kavanaugh wrote the opposing position in the 2008 case, Agri Processor Co., Inc. v. NLRB (National Labor Relations Act). Unfortunately, the Republicans in Congress have refused to allow the Democrats to see more than six percent of his papers. This has been unprecedented.
Democrats have been especially interested in the time he spent working at George W. Bush’s White House. After all, he was there during the water-boarding torture crimes:
‘Kavanaugh disagreed, citing a 2002 high court ruling that he said was at odds with the majority’s decision. If confirmed, he could get a chance to weigh in on the Supreme Court’s meaning once again—this time as one of its members.’
The judge also ruled in favor of the Trump Organization in a 2012 case regarding union elections. In 2015, pro-big-business Kavanaugh sided with a casino over its workers:
‘Kavanaugh sided with the management of Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian Casino Resort in a similar case, authoring a majority opinion upholding the casino’s First Amendment right to summon police to issue citations to union protesters trespassing on company property.’
In 2007, he reversed a lower court decision:
‘(He was) siding with AFL-CIO and instead affirmed the Department of Defense’s discretion to negate the collective bargaining rights of employees. This June, Kavanaugh dissented when the court upheld an NLRB ruling that an office furniture manufacturer had set up a splinter company, held by the owner’s daughters, to short-circuit employees’ collective bargaining rights.’
International President of SEIU Mary Kay Henry wrote a statement saying:
‘SEIU members know all too well how important the Supreme Court is to upholding our rights to join together in unions, keep our healthcare and cast our ballots. We’ve seen this court attack our rights earlier this summer in the Janus case. All Americans need a fair-minded justice who understands that the law should provide everyone with a level playing field and believes that everyone is created equal. Judge Kavanaugh is not that person.’
Twitter world lit up over Clinton’s anti-Kavanaugh warning tweet. Check out some of our favorites below:
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