Working In These Times
Economic Policy Institute
In These Times
We have once again entered a phase in law-making, where discriminatory policies codifying exclusions based on race, religion, ability and immigration status have taken hold, emboldened by this Administration. With the appointment of Gorsuch, we risk losing the highest court in the land to partisan, ideologically-driven cruelty — masked as “originalist” readings of both statute and law — repeating history again.
Inside squalid quarters, bedrooms are so crowded that men must sleep three to a stack — one on the upper bunk, one on the lower bunk and one below the lower bunk, separated from the floor by only a thin pad for a mattress. In the space between the beds, the men pile cauliflower, onions and sacks of Basmati rice to cook after working all day and washing the construction dirt from their clothes. Exposed wiring hangs from the ceiling, and cockroaches climb the walls.
In the Lechmere case, the Supreme Court rejected the clear language of the NLRA and Congress' intent by judicially amending the NLRA to limit the definition of employee to "an employee of an employer." In doing so, the court gave greater weight to the employer's property rights, which are nowhere mentioned in the NLRA, than to the clearly protected rights of the employees to join together.