SEIU, UCFW, and other worker rights advocates are escalating their campaign against Republican efforts to obstruct the appointment of Congressmember Hilda Solis as the new Labor Secretary. Solis, who has been a hero to working people from her days as a California legislator through her tenure in Congress, is being opposed on the grounds that she supports the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). Or, more specifically, Republican Senators are demanding that she recuse herself from supporting the campaign to enact EFCA, despite President Obama’s own commitment to pass the measure.
A mystery in all this is why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would allow Republicans to slow Solis’s confirmation. Some believe he is not yet willing to break from Senate decorum, which can allow a single senator to hold up a nomination. Others see Reid as being completely preoccupied with the stimulus package.
A more troubling view is that the Solis nomination is not a Reid priority, which would not bode well for the Senate leader’s handling of EFCA and other labor issues.
Hilda Solis would be the greatest Labor Secretary since FDR’s Francis Perkins. She has spent her career fighting for economic justice, and now deserves progressive support.
To sign an online petition in her behalf, go to http://action.seiu.org/page/s/confirmsolis.
Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the author of the newly-released Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century (University of California Press)
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