AFGE Applauds President Biden’s Choice of Judge Jackson to Supreme Court

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U.S. Appeals Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

AFGE applauds President Biden’s decision to nominate U.S. Appeals Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

“We applaud President Biden for nominating Judge Jackson to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her previous work as a public defender, as an advocate for reforming our criminal sentencing laws, and prior judicial rulings show she will affirm the rights of regular American workers and everyday citizens while holding accountable those who break the law – even the most powerful among us,” said AFGE President Everett Kelley. 

In 2018, then President Trump issued three executive orders, which illegally limited collective bargaining, due process, and union rights for federal workers. These EOs were some of the most damaging actions aimed at destroying unions and workers’ rights.  

AFGE and a dozen other unions filed a lawsuit against the EOs. Judge Jackson invalidated most provisions in the executive orders, ruling that their combined effect would “eviscerate the right to bargain collectively” at federal workplaces. 

That single ruling safeguarded federal workers’ union rights and demonstrated the limits of an administration. Her reasoning demonstrated exactly the kind of principled, independent, impartial judicial thinking that should be a hallmark of the highest court in our land. 

If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Jackson would replace Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who announced last month he would retire at the end of the court term this year. 

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