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04.03.17

IFPTE Urges Opposition to Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

As the Senate prepares to consider Judge Gorsuch's nomination, IFPTE and the AFL-CIO sent letters to the body urging Senators to oppose his nomination.

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April 3, 2017

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the 90,000 members represented by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), I am writing to urge you to oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the United States Supreme Court. Putting aside the fact that the Senate Majority unfairly blocked the nomination of the very qualified Judge Merrick Garland for more than a year during the last Congress, Judge Gorsuch’s appointment causes IFPTE great concern when it comes to deciding on cases that will have a consequential impact the lives of working families.

Unfortunately Judge Gorsuch’s past decisions portend a Justice who could roll back critically important protections, such as collective bargaining rights, voting rights, public school education, retirement security and discrimination in the workplace, just to name a few. IFPTE has following specific concerns with Judge Gorsuch:

1. Judge Gorsuch has consistently been compared to the late Justice Antonin Scalia as a strict constitutionalist. With the potential of a case like Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association that could soon come back before the Court, IFPTE is alarmed that Judge Gorsuch’s views on the ability of public sector workers to form unions and engage in collective bargaining are unclear, at best. As a Judge that has a long track record of siding with business over workers, we are very concerned. While that case ended in a four-four decision, Judge Gorsuch has yet to make clear his views on this issue, and could be the deciding vote in a similar case that would deliver a serious blow to public sector collective bargaining rights.

2. Judge Gorsuch has routinely favored the rights of corporations over those of working people; ruled against workers concerning health and safety concerns and whistleblower protections; regularly rejected claims of employees seeking relief from discrimination in the workplace; and frequently denied workers’ efforts to secure earned wages and benefits.

3. In TransAm Trucking, Inc v. Administrative Review Board, Judge Gorsuch ruled in favor of business when he denied a retaliation claim by a truck driver who was fired after refusing to drive an unsafe truck and wait in freezing temperatures for help to arrive;

4. Judge Gorsuch has ruled to erode the authority of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) [see Community Health Services];

Unfortunately, Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings give IFPTE even more reason to be dubious of his nomination. He provided no assurances in answering questions during his confirmation hearing regarding his views on worker protections, collective bargaining rights, discrimination in the workplace, and safety on the job. The inability to clarify his positions on these matters, coupled with consistent decisions on the bench to side with corporations over workers leave IFPTE no other choice than to oppose his nomination. We urge you vote NO.

If you have any questions, please contact IFPTE legislative director, Matt Biggs at (202) 239-4880.

Sincerely,

Gregory J. Junemann
President

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UPDATE:
4/7/2017 - Senate confirms Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (Politico)

RELATED:
4/7/2017 - See how your Senator voted on the Gorsuch nomination

IFPTE's Senate Letter Opposing Gorsuch Nomination

AFL-CIO Senate Letter Opposing Gorsuch Nomination

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