In recent years, the importance of judicial nominations and the federal courts have come more squarely into focus. Federal courts decide cases involving the U.S. Constitution and laws passed by Congress. Federal judges make decisions that affect every facet of our lives, from health care, to retirement, to the right to organize. These judges also serve lifetime appointments, meaning that their rulings will certainly impact generations to come.
Judicial seats across the federal courts — the Supreme Court, the District Courts and the Court of Appeals, are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
The last three years have been disastrous for working families and civil and human rights in terms of the type of judges getting lifetime appointments to federal slots. During this time, approximately 200 federal judges have been installed, more than one in four circuit judges. A vast number of these justices are extremely hostile to labor rights.
The UAW firmly believes that the selection of judicial nominations should be treated with the utmost scrutiny and concern. Critical civil and human rights issues hang in the balance, including access to health care for millions of Americans, labor rights, civil rights, economic security, voting rights and the rights of immigrants.