AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the nation’s labor movement has come to a conclusion about GOP President Donald Trump’s latest U.S. Supreme Court nominee: “Workers are united to defeat Kavanaugh,” he said on July 12. His statement was part of a much longer speech behind closed doors to Democratic U.S. House candidates. While Trumka did not cite specific cases and rulings, the federation previously compiled a string of anti-worker decisions and statements by federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh in his dozen years on the bench. Kavanaugh voted against federal workers in all three cases he handled on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, including one that let the anti-worker GOP Bush administration impose, briefly, a non-merit pay system, leaving pay and promotion decisions for the Defense Department’s tens of thousands of civilian workers all in the hands of its bosses – with little right of appeal.
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