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Biden Appoints Former Partner of Anti-Union Morgan Lewis to Justice Dept
by Keeping Track
Saturday Jul 24th, 2021 11:09 PM
Pres. Biden has appointed and the US Senate has confirmed Kenneth Polite, a former law partner of anti-labor and pro-Trump, Morgan, Lewis & Brockius, to be Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the US Justice Department. See https://wallstreetonparade.com/2021/07/law-firm-that-was-sued-last-year-by-nys-attorney-general-for-refusing-to-turn-over-trump-documents-lands-a-partner-to-head-the-criminal-division-in-bidens-justice-department/
Pres. Biden has appointed and the US Senate has confirmed Kenneth Polite, a former law partner of anti-labor and pro-Trump, Morgan, Lewis & Brockius, to be Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the US Justice Department. See https://wallstreetonparade.com/2021/07/law-firm-that-was-sued-last-year-by-nys-attorney-general-for-refusing-to-turn-over-trump-documents-lands-a-partner-to-head-the-criminal-division-in-bidens-justice-department/

Mr. Polite's full biography is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Polite

From Wall Street on Parade:

"On August 24 of last year, New York State Attorney General Letitia James sued Dillon and Morgan Lewis, along with the Trump Organization and Eric Trump, because they had not fully complied with her subpoenas."

"This is not the only area in which Morgan, Lewis & Bockius was tied to the Trump administration. In 2018, Trump selected John Ring, another law partner at Morgan Lewis, to Chair the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB oversees union elections and disputes between corporate employers, workers and unions. The Labor and Working-Class History Association describes Morgan Lewis as anti-union, writing as follows:"

"“In the 1980s and 1990s, Morgan Lewis was one of only five big law firms boycotted by students at prominent law schools throughout the nation for its involvement in ‘union-busting activities.’ The firm’s extensive battles with organized labor include the infamous 1981 PATCO [Professional Air Traffic Controllers] strike; the 1993-1994 baseball strike; the 2009-2010 efforts to oppose bank worker organizing in the wake of the financial crisis; the 2019 General Motors strike; and its key role in advising McDonald’s on how to defeat both unionization and the Fight for 15 campaign for higher wages, in which it required franchise managers to sign confidentiality agreements, keeping secret Morgan Lewis’s union avoidance. Morgan Lewis has also been accused of ‘union-busting’ by the American Postal Workers Union, and in 2020, Morgan Lewis attorneys helped the Philadelphia Museum of Art conduct a robust anti-union campaign.”"

"The Amazon warehouse workers voted to reject the union. Amazon was represented by – wait for it – Morgan Lewis."

"Morgan Lewis is notorious on Wall Street for representing the mega banks and trading houses in forcing sexual harassment and discrimination claims into private tribunals known as mandatory arbitration, effectively closing the nation’s courthouse doors to Wall Street workers."
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