Judge Merrick Garland’s Stance on Unions

WASHINGTON– After spending 20 years in the DC circuit, Judge Merrick Garland has been nominated by President Obama to replace Justice Scalia in the United States Supreme Court. Scalia’s death left a balanced court, four judges who lean left and four who lean right. Obama’s pick was a controversial issue since it would swing the court one way or the other. Garland is considered a moderate judge, but that still does not please the Senate.

Republicans are upset that Garland is rather progressive, and some democrats are disappointed that Garland is not the “liberal firebird they were hoping for.” However, President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka told reporters that Judge Garland has “impeccable credentials and deep experience.”

In eighteen of twenty-two labor related cases, Garland has sided with unions. In the four cases he did not, he still did not leave them without any benefits. He often confers with the National Labor Relations Board when making decisions. Through his judgments, it is evident that Judge Garland does not put up with unfair labor practices and is a supporter of union involvement.

Several issues facing the Supreme Court are the National Labor Relations Act, Arbitration agreements, and worker’s first amendment rights. If Garland is approved before these cases come to court, there could be some big wins for unions.

Source: LaborPress News