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Chaka Good, Casey Bad
What a great interview with Congressman Chaka
Fattah! You asked some tough
questions, and his answers made me wish he represented me. Thanks!
Also, now that Treasurer Casey has declared himself in favor of confirming
Judge Alito to the Supreme Court, the advice to support him because he will vote
to keep people like Alito off the bench no longer works. So tell me again, why should I give my money and
shoe-leather to the Casey campaign?
-- Joy Matkowki, Enola, PA
Casey chose not to participate the the League of Women Voters recent
Senatorial debate January 23 in Harrisburg. The recent
Zogby poll shows Casey trailing among informed voters in the
Democratic primary. It also shows Casey making little inroads with
Samuel Alito's Record Speaks for
When working people hear that Samuel
Alito's record speaks for itself,
they should be very concerned.
Judge Alito's record speaks to racial and gender discrimination in the
workplace. His record speaks to restrictive views of workers' access to family and medical leave. His record speaks to weakening protections
for pension, health and safety, and wage and hour provisions.
Judge Alito's judicial philosophy has led him to decisions that would
have "eviscerated" legal protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
(Bray v. Marriott Hotels) and to preventing a woman claiming gender discrimination from going to trial
(Sheridan v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours
Especially alarming in light of the tragedy in West Virginia, Judge Alito voted to exempt a mining services company from safety regulations
(RNS Services v. Secretary of Labor). He sought to interpret the law such
that newspaper workers would have been excluded from the protections of
federal minimum wage and overtime laws (Reich v. Gateway Press). Judge Alito
has also written that governments do not violate due process rights of
employees when they suspend them without a hearing and without pay
In one last example, Judge Alito also held that Congress did not have authority to require state employers to comply with the Family and
Medical Leave Act - a ruling that was later repudiated by the Supreme Court.
In a political climate in which working people have lost ground on their
paychecks, their health care, their pensions, and their job security,
the choice of Samuel Alito seems less than judicious. Grouped together,
Judge Alito's narrow reading of the law reflects a record that is at odds
with, if not hostile to, working families.
- Rosalind Spigel, Area Director,
Jewish Labor Committee,
Elsewhere in this issue of the
Philadelphia Jewish Voice, read the thoughts of the NJDC and JSPAN
on Judge Samuel Alito.