Hilda Solis Confirmed as President Obama's Secretary of Labor
Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski
“California’s working families applaud the confirmation of Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor. Secretary Solis’s confirmation provides fresh hope to millions of workers across the country who have seen their rights and protections deteriorate under the Bush Labor Department.
“We are especially proud to see one of our own, a Californian with roots in the union movement, take the helm of the Labor Department. As the child of working class immigrants who were both union members, Secretary Solis will bring a welcome turnaround to the Labor Department, which in recent years has diverged from its mission of advocating for workers’ health and welfare. We look forward to Secretary Solis’ leadership in protecting workers’ safety and health, enforcing employment discrimination and wage laws, and ensuring workers’ freedom to form and join unions.
“The California Labor Federation congratulates Secretary Solis. We are confident that she will bring to her new position the same passion and commitment to workers rights that she has displayed throughout her career.”