For Immediate Release: February 25, 2022
Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann 202-728-6014
IBEW Congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Historic Nomination to the Supreme Court
Lonnie Stephenson, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, issued this statement congratulating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination by President Biden to the Supreme Court:
“The IBEW and its 775,000 members congratulate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic nomination to the Supreme Court. As the first African American woman nominated to the highest court in the land, Judge Jackson is breaking barriers and giving a voice to an entire generation of Americans.
“Judge Jackson has long stood with working people and is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Judge Jackson clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer before working as a public defender in Washington, D.C., where she won uncommon victories for her clients. She has served as Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission, as a judge for the United States district court for the District of Columbia, and as a United States circuit court judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. It was in this role that she invalidated a 2020 rule by the Federal Labor Relations Authority that had restricted the bargaining power of federal-sector labor unions. These exceptional credentials, combined with Judge Jackson’s unimpeachable character and unwavering dedication to the rule of law, will serve her well as she serves the American people on the highest court in the land.
“For far too long, the makeup of our nation’s highest court has not accurately represented the vast diversity of America’s working families. America needs a Supreme Court justice that supports workers’ rights and collective bargaining. The IBEW encourages the Senate to quickly confirm Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.