With the Court and Congress back in session for the first time since Justice Scalia’s death, attention has turned to President Obama’s choice of a nominee to replace the Justice. The President’s decision will have obvious implications for all of American politics and society – and it will have profound implications for workers and unions. In the days ahead, OnLabor will run a series of posts covering the labor decisions and positions of some of the likely potential picks.
Our goal is to highlight pieces of the labor records of those on the most prominent “short lists” of nominees. But the series will, of necessity, be limited in two important ways. First, the group of nominees we’ll cover comes from cobbling together a number of published lists, and our (unscientific) process for choosing among these lists – and among candidates on the lists – means that we’ve likely included some candidates who aren’t actually under consideration and that we’ve excluded some who are. Second, given the time frame and space constraints, we won’t be able to analyze everything – or close to everything – that’s potentially relevant to workers, unions, and labor more broadly. Our aim is to discuss things that seem important to us; we can’t (and don’t pretend to) cover everything that’s actually important.
The first post, coming soon, will discuss Judge Merrick Garland.