Unions Praise Ginsburg, Demand No Supreme Court Replacement Till Next Presidency
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Top Union Leaders - and the Woman Worker who triggered one of the justice’s most-memorable dissents – are praising the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - and many coupled it to demands there be no replacement for her on the High Court bench until after the next Presidential inauguration on January 20st, 2021.
Ginsburg, 87, the senior progressive and intellectual driving force for that bloc on the court, died the evening of September 18th, as the sun was setting and the Jewish Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah was starting.
Ginsburg, the long-time crusader for equal rights for Women and Minorities, was one of the court’s three Jewish Justices.
She died from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Only 78 minutes after the court’s press office announced her death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) produced a crass statement that briefly noted her passing, coupled with a promise for a quick vote on whomever Republican President Donald Trump nominates as her successor.
His declaration, 44 days before Election Day, raised the stakes on the balloting even higher, as McConnell gives Trump free rein to nominate another Far-Right-Wing Jurist.
The Kentuckian also set off a political firestorm, with many of the Union Leaders who lauded Ginsburg immediately joining the demand elsewhere for no vote until next Presidential term.
“America ‘has lost one of the greatest jurists in our Nation’s history.’ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ‘spent her career defending’ the Constitution ‘and the everyday Working People who bring that document to life.’ She was a ‘consistent, unshakable champion of Civil and Women’s Rights and the freedom to form a Union,’” National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. “The AFL-CIO, the Labor Movement, and all those who aspire for dignity on the job ‘are better off because of Justice Ginsburg’s service.’ Her passing ‘leaves a hole in our collective hearts and a vacancy on the highest court in the land.’ ‘You can rest assured Unions will honor Justice Ginsburg’s memory as we fight for our Democracy in the days and weeks to come.’”
Other Union Leaders, including Presidents of three of the Nation’s largest Unions, coupled praise for Ginsburg with warnings to the Senate’s ruling Republicans and Trump not to push a replacement through.
Trump and his puppet, McConnell, however, show no signs of even listening.
Trump will unveil his nominee, whom he said will be female, by Saturday (September 26th).
Other Union Leaders comments included:
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten: “Justice Ginsburg is an ‘icon.’ She ‘leaves behind a legacy as a brilliant, hard-working jurist and a trailblazing feminist.’ ‘Her loss is incalculable.’ (Ginsberg) ‘broke barriers most never even dreamed to approach.’ ‘Her unfailing sense of justice reminded us of its awesome power, and her unbending sense of duty reminded us to remain committed to protecting our Democracy, our Constitution and the rule of law.’ ‘But it was her personal courage and resilience, especially in the face of illness, that reminded us just how much strength one single person can have.’ ‘The best way to honor Justice Ginsburg is to cherish the justice she pursued and to honor her final wish to wait until the next president is inaugurated before considering her replacement.’”
National Education Association (NEA) President Becky Pringle: “Justice Ginsburg ‘was a woman, Teacher and tenacious fighter for equal rights for Women and girls.’ ‘She reminded us the only thing that keeps’ Women ‘from being on equal footing with men’ is to take ‘their foot off our necks’. Truly the ‘Notorious RBG’ (a popular nickname, for Ginsburg modeled on one for the late rapper Notorious Big) ‘showed us the power of dissent.’ In the landmark decision of Ledbetter v. Goodyear, ‘she boldly wrote what many of us know far too well and personally: Women can be victims of sex discrimination and we are far from achieving equal pay for equal work.’ ‘In the power of the written word, Justice Ginsburg urged Congress to take up the issue.’”
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