Welcome, Secretary Solis, and About That Union Group

By February 26, 2009Labor Unions

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is now on the job, having won Senate confirmation on Tuesday. And the first news release we see:

$2.2M DOL grant to assist auto workers in Missouri

The U.S. Department of Labor on February 26 announced a $2,199,132 grant to assist approximately 574 workers affected by layoffs from automotive industry suppliers across Missouri and in nearby Kansas.

“Today’s grant will allow affected Missourians to receive skills assessment, training and job search assistance to transition into new occupations within the local area,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

And those are all good things. So congratulations, Madame Secretary, and best of luck. On workforce development, there’s much that can be worked on together. On labor and workplace issues, well, there will no doubt be spirited debate and disagreement.

To get things started on a positive note, we respectfully suggest that it might be wise to ask that union group, American Rights at Work, to remove your name from its website as a member of its Board of Directors. It’s time to put THAT controversy to rest.

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