The United Steelworkers (USW) today lauded the U.S. Senate confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Today we are celebrating the ascension of the first Hispanic person to sit on our nation’s highest court,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Judge Sotomayor is a great American success story about a woman who comes from a working class background, growing up in a Bronx housing project who goes on to graduate from Princeton and Yale Law School before serving as a prosecutor and federal judge.
Sotomayor’s life story epitomizes the family histories of so many USW members who come from many ethnic backgrounds. Through hard work, playing by the rules and making sacrifices for their children, they are able to count themselves as solid members of the middle class.
“Every one of us has life experiences which vary widely but many of those who have been given privileges not available to most people may have difficulty understanding the challenges of every day life,” said USW International Vice President and Civil Rights Director Fred Redmond. “While we expect that Judge Sotomayor will be a sound interpreter of the law we also believe she understands how Supreme Court decisions have consequences in the lives of ordinary Americans.”
“Empathy is not a dirty word,” Gerard concluded.