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This Week in Washington: Supreme Court, DOL, and Health Care in Focus

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Monday and Tuesday brought back-to-back hearings in the Senate to consider the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Working people are listening closely to see if he will be a justice who respects the importance of laws and protections working people need on the job.

Throughout his career, Gorsuch’s record on workers’ rights cases has raised red flags, from his narrow and restrictive view of worker protections to the many times he sided with corporations over workers. He has ruled against workers with health and safety concerns, rejected claims of discrimination by employees and denied workers’ efforts to secure earned wages.

Working people deserve a Supreme Court justice who will defend our rights on the job. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO will join with our labor brothers and sisters around the nation to make it clear that we need a justice who believes in our right to form unions, in our right to be paid for overtime work and that we deserve safe workplaces free of discrimination.

Alexander Acosta’s hearing for labor secretary is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 9:00 a.m. The House is scheduled to vote on the Republican health care package on Thursday, and we urge everyone to CLICK HERE to express their strong opposition to this destructive plan. While the road ahead will not be easy, our solidarity is what will ensure we persevere.

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