1. GORSUCH NOMINATION TO THE SUPREME COURT
The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court with a 55-45 vote. The UAW opposed Gorsuch because of his extensive anti-worker record and poor record on civil rights issues. He has consistently sided with powerful corporate interests over working people.
2. S. AMDT. 667 TO HR 1628: “SKINNY” REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
This ill-conceived bill would have led to 16 million more uninsured Americans and increased premiums by an additional 20 percent within a year.
3. HJ RES. 83: GUTTING OSHA WORKER SAFETY PROTECTIONS
This ill-conceived law gutted OSHA recordkeeping rules that helped make workplaces safer. Big employers in hazardous industries will only need to keep their record for six months to avoid penalties, eliminating long term records of health and safety violations.
4. HR 1628: UNDERMINING AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
This legislation would have eliminated healthcare coverage for 22 million people and made it easier for insurance companies to charge higher premiums based on health, gender, or pre-existing conditions. It also weakens the funding and stability of Medicare.
5. HJ RES. 37: CONTRACTORS NOT HELD TO FAIR WAGES
This legislation rolled back common sense rules that require government contractors to pay fair wages and provide good working conditions. As a result, U.S. tax dollars can be used to support bad employers.
6. KAPLAN CONFIRMATION TO THE NLRB
The Senate confirmed Martin Kaplan to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The UAW opposed Kaplan because he spent his career as a Congressional staffer to weaken workers protections.
7. EMANUEL CONFIRMATION TO THE NLRB
The Senate voted to confirm William Emanuel to the NLRB. The UAW opposed Emanuel because of his anti-union worker record and experience exclusively representing corporations, specifically union busting law firms. Emanuel never represented a worker or union in an employment matter.
8. H CON. RES. 71: FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS TO MEDICAID AND MEDICARE
The Senate passed the budget, which dramatically favors corporations and the wealthy over working people by cutting $1.5 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid, while cutting taxes for millionaires by hundreds of thousands annually.
9. HJ RES. 111: LIMITING CONSUMERS RIGHT TO SUE
This legislation allows banks to continue to include arbitration clauses in contracts, which would prevent consumers from being able to sue over unscrupulous bank practices.
10. HR 1: TAX CUT GIVEAWAY TO BILLIONAIRES AND MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS
This law eliminates key deductions for working people, and cuts healthcare and other low- and moderate-income programs, while cutting the corporate tax rate and encouraging outsourcing. According to the Tax Policy Center, by 2027, more than 80 percent of the total gains will go to the top 1 percent.
11. KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION TO THE SUPREME COURT
The Senate voted to confirm Brent Kavanaugh to the Supreme court. The UAW opposed Kavanaugh because his record and judicial philosophy give every indication he will act against the interests of working people at every turn. For example, when serving on the D.C. Circuit Court, he ruled against casino workers seeking to join the United Auto Workers union at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.