With the Union Leaders in Miami

By March 4, 2009Labor Unions

The Department of Labor’s website now includes a photo of new Secretary Hilda Solis, but unfortunately her remarks at a rally/forum/event sponsored by the AFL-CIO in Miami are not yet posted.

Here’s the news coverage and activist blogging we could find:

Miami Herald, “Labor secretary inspires union crowd in Miami“:

Monday, she spoke to more than 500 cheering union members at Greater Bethel AME Church in Overtown. The event had the air of a political victory rally, and the crowd was plainly delighted that someone from the government was finally listening to them.

Or, as the Rev. Samuel Sullivan said in his invocation: “We waited eight years, and God, you kept your word and gave us a change!”

National AFL-CIO President John Sweeney introduced Solis.

”She is the only labor secretary in recent memory from a working family, union background,” said Sweeney, who is in town for the labor group’s winter meeting.

Solis will meet privately today with the federation’s executive council, while Vice President Joe Biden will meet with the group later in the week. Biden will not make a public appearance, an AFL-CIO spokeswoman said.

At the church, Solis took the stage to a standing ovation and chants of “¡Sí, se puede! ¡Sí, se puede!”

Las elecciones tienen consecuencias, so no complaints here. About the event, that is.

People’s Weekly World, “New Labor Dept. head pledges to work for workers (for a change)” (Lots of detail. The PWW reporters usually don’t let ideology get in the way of their paying attention.)

Reuters, “New U.S labor secretary meets unionists in Miami

AFL-CIO blog, “Solis Meets with Workers in First Public Appearance

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