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Labor secretary steps out in Wisconsin union fight

Via the Washington Examiner, President Obama is staying mostly quiet about the union battle going on in Wisconsin. His labor secretary, Hilda Solis, is not. “The fight is on!” Solis told a cheering crowd at the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting over the weekend in Washington. Giving her support to “our brothers and sisters in public employee unions,” Solis pledged aid to unionized workers who are “under assault” in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

We are not surprised Solis sympathizes with the unions against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget reform proposal. After all, Solis stated, “Admittedly, I am a little biased,” as she told the DNC, “because … I come from a union household.”
Author Byron York notes, “But is it the role of the secretary of labor to take sides in a fight that pits public employee union members against workers and taxpayers who support Walker’s reforms? After all, the Labor Department mission statement says its purpose is “to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States.” It doesn’t say anything about unionized wage earners, job seekers, and retirees.”

The Labor Department should not represent only that part of the work force that is unionized,” says Elaine Chao, labor secretary under George W. Bush. “It should be responsible for the overall welfare of the entire American work force.”

Solis’ remarks over the weekend made her the most outspoken member of the Obama administration on the issue. But it turns out her Labor Department colleagues are not eager to discuss the secretary’s position. Reached by phone, a DNC official said, “I’m going to let the speech speak for itself.”
Solis had the assistance of SEIU in getting her appointment.  They prepared a video in which then SEIU President Andy Stern asked viewers to sign a petition to back the California Democrat for the Labor position. And I guess she does care about the American worker, if you were lucky enough to work for her and get a 50% raise upon her appointment to the Department of Labor. Yep, Solis working hard for the average unionized worker.  Glad to know the Department of Labor represents us average American job seekers.
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