Hilda Solis is the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to her current position, Solis served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009, representing the 31st and 32nd congressional districts of California that include East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.

Realizing the Promise of the National Labor Relations Act

by U.S. Deptartment of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Monday marked the 75th anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act – also known as the Wagner Act – one of the lesser known, but key components of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. In addition to Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, a Federal minimum wage and laws regulating child labor – all controversial concepts at the time that we now take for granted as basic elements of fairness – the New Deal included the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) which protected workers' rights to join or form unions and engage in collective bargaining.