What a sad day for our nation and for all those who stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Ruth Bader Ginsburg blazed a trail for civil rights and women’s rights and the sanctity of our constitution in her 27 years as a Supreme Court Justice. No words can do real justice to her contributions to the highest court in the land and her contributions to our nation. To this courageous champion of women’s rights and worker’s rights and equality for all. She was a light that shone so brightly on the constitutional rights of women ... Read more
DETROIT – The UAW today issued endorsements for Megan Cavanagh and Sam Bagenstos for Michigan Supreme Court Justices. “After careful screening UAW members believe that Megan Cavanagh and Sam Bagenstos will judge with integrity and sensitivity to the working men and women of Michigan,” said Dennis Williams President of the UAW. Bagenstos is a nationally respected litigator of civil rights cases. A Harvard Law School graduate, Bagenstos clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, served as the number 2 official in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division under President Barack Obama and is a Professor at the University of ... Read more
Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has a long history of pushing an agenda that favors big corporations over working people. Would Weaken Worker Protections. Gorsuch opposes Supreme Court rulings that empower federal agencies to enforce worker protections. (Newsweek, 1/27/17) Fought to Give Corporations Greater Protections in Court. Gorsuch argued for courts to protect corporations from class-action lawsuits by individual consumers, even in cases of securities fraud. (Washington Legal Foundation, April 2005) Criticized Individuals Bringing Cases to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch criticized people who brought cases to the Supreme Court to protect their rights, calling it ... Read more
Dear Senator: 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 ... Read more
Today, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court left empty by the recent passing of Judge Antonin Scalia. Garland is a distinguished, moderate judge with more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. The Senate GOP leadership is refusing to give Judge Garland a full hearing and vote. We call on the GOP leadership to set politics aside and fulfill their constitutional duty to provide a hearing and vote for the president’s nominee. Our American judicial system deserves nothing less.