Working people deserve real relief from COVID-19, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans. And we deserve a voice in the future of the Supreme Court. Using the precious final few days of the 116th Congress to ram through a Supreme Court nomination would deny us both, only adding insult to injury.

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to protect workers and fight for us. President trump hasn't lived up to that noble rhetoric. The Economic Policy Institute reports on 50 ways that the Trump administration has been bad for workers. 

The authors of the study said:

This week, President Trump took part in an ABC town hall while Vice President Biden took part in a similar event hosted by CNN. While Trump showed us he still does not have a strategy to beat COVID-19 and fix the economy, Biden showed why he has earned our support. Here is some of what working people heard from both town halls.

Donald Trump’s every move has taken money out of our pockets and put it into the pockets of big corporations.

He gave a tax windfall—the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—to billionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas.

This election year, America faces interlocking crises—a global health crisis, economic collapse, and systemic racism. Even as we live in fear of disease and economic ruin, we have had to watch the on-camera murders of unarmed Black people by officers who have sworn to protect and serve us. So many of us have stood outside nursing homes and hospitals as our loved ones died inside, alone. In response, we are struggling with despair and asking, Dare we hope for profound change in our public life?

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is courting union members with what California Labor Federation spokesman Steve Smith described as “the strongest platform to support workers since FDR.” Biden wants to end “right to work,” allowing unions to collect fees from everyone they represent even if a worker does not choose to join. He wants to hold company executives liable if they interfere with workers’ efforts to unionize, and he wants to allow workers to form a union without holding an election if they gather signatures from a majority of them.

Americans should vote on Nov. 3 because our lives are literally depending on it. A teacher, a nurse, a pharmacy tech and a letter carrier have all experienced the trauma of working and living in a country deeply impacted by COVID-19. These essential workers have lived through the mismanagement of the pandemic and the bad decisions that have cost more than 190,000 American lives and destroyed our economy. It’s time to hold elected leaders accountable. Vote on Nov. 3 or, even better, mail in your ballot and stay safe.

Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life.