The unexpected death of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the court’s deadlock 4 to 4 ruling in the “Friedrichs” case has rocked the judiciary and the political universe.
While it’s a significant victory, it changes nothing about the continuing threat we face from the state-by-state creep of right-to-work laws and an anti-union bill in the Ohio legislature. Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas pedal.
The court’s tie vote upholds current law and kicks the can down the road to a future court. This issue is far from over. And neither is the risk before us because there are several other cases moving up the judicial pipeline that are of great concern to us.
There is no clearer illustration of what’s at stake when it comes to the Supreme Court.
Blocking President Obama from exercising his constitutional duty to fill a Supreme Court vacancy is taking obstruction and political game playing to a new and dangerous level.
The next president will have the potential to shape the character of the court for the next 20 years and beyond. That’s why it is critical to elect a President who will appoint individuals who will act for the American people, and are not beholden to special interests and the 1%.
Our fight continues, but we have been given the gift of time. Let’s make the most of it. We must continue to stay AFSCME Strong because AFSCME never quits.
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