In 2005, SEIU, the largest and fastest growing union in the AFL-CIO, left the federation to join six other unions in a new organization dedicated to organizing, named Change to Win. This is an exciting effort between SEIU, the Teamsters, UNITE/HERE, the United Farm Workers, the UFCW, Laborers and Carpenters unions to apply innovative strategies to improve the lives of working families.
For over 30 years, Judy Scott has held key labor law positions in a wide range of unions in both the private and public sectors, having served as in-house legal counsel to the United Auto Workers, AFSCME, United Mine Workers, and Teamsters (as its General Counsel). Her career has included Big Three auto talks, the 1989 historic United Mine Worker victory at Pittston Coal Company, extensive internal union governance and arbitration matters, and most recently, innovative organizing pacts within the private healthcare industry. In 2002, Ms. Scott was selected to give the prestigious Henry Kaiser lecture at Georgetown University School of Law.
In addition, Ms. Scott has given special attention to issues affecting women workers, beginning with her work on the implementation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act amendment in 1979 auto negotiations. For many years, she has served on the Board of the National Partnership for Women and Families. She was the legislative representative for the former Industrial Union Department of the AFL-CIO, advocating on Capitol Hill for labor, civil rights and social justice issues. Ms. Scott also is co-author of the widely used book, Organizing and the Law. During the Clinton years, she served as a Presidential appointee on the Advisory Committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Ms. Scott was recognized as one of America's top 500 lawyers in The Lawdragon 500 (www.lawdragon.com). It has been called "the single guide to the best lawyer, in any given field, anywhere in the country.” The Lawdragon 500 noted her for advising the nation's largest and fastest growing union, the SEIU. She has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating achievable by attorneys, and was voted by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America.
Ms. Scott graduated from Wellesley College (BA) in 1971 and holds a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law (JD, 1974). Before attending law school Ms. Scott worked for the Frontier Nursing Service in Hyden, Kentucky.
Ms. Scott is a member of the Bar for the District of Columbia. She is admitted to practice before numerous courts, including the US Supreme Court, and various US Courts of Appeals. She has lectured widely at legal conferences and law schools.