Letter to Senators from UAW President Dennis Williams Opposing Neil Gorsuch
On behalf of the more than one million active and retired members of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW, I am writing in strong opposition to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, he would continue to tilt the playing field away from working people and in the favor of corporations and the well connected.
In his judicial opinions, public statements, and writings, Judge Gorsuch has consistently sided with powerful corporations over working Americans. Judge Gorsuch’s judicial philosophy and public statements strongly suggest that he would decide cases in a way that eviscerates what remains of our campaign finance laws and further weakens voting rights.
Few decisions made by the President and Congress have a long term, greater impact on individuals and our society than deciding who serves on the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court issues decisions that impact every facet of our lives.
Beyond fundamental issues like freedom of speech, religion, and association, the court routinely hears cases and renders decisions which directly impact the wages, working conditions, and retirement security of working people. Unfortunately, Judge Gorsuch’s track record raises grave concerns. In the past, he has ruled in favor of employers who cheated their employees out of wages and with companies that were penalized for unsafe working conditions that, in one case, led to a fatal injury. The men and women who keep America moving forward by working in hazardous industries need a Supreme Court that understands the dangers they face every day.
Judge Gorsuch’s disturbing judicial philosophy demonstrates a desire for overturning long-established Supreme Court precedent which currently provides deference to the legal interpretation of executive agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The Constitution does not require the Supreme Court to have nine justices. The seat should remain vacant until the Senate is presented with a nominee that strongly supports the rights of working families.
I urge you to oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court due to his record against working Americans.
Dennis D. Williams, President
International Union, UAW