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Support champions of workers to lead U.S. Department of Labor

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2021) — President Joe Biden has nominated two lifelong champions of labor and workers’ rights to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. The AFL-CIO considers Marty Walsh and Julie Su a “Dream Team” to lead an agency that will oversee the recovery of the country’s economy and labor force.

But Su, in particular, is facing attacks from shadowy business interests fearful of pro-worker leaders at the DOL’s helm as the U.S. Senate considers their confirmation. Su’s hearing is being held today.

TAKE A STAND Call 844-551-6921 now and urge your U.S. Senators to support the confirmations of both Marty Walsh and Julie Su.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement today, The Ugly and Baseless Attacks on Julie Su, amid her confirmation hearing for deputy labor secretary:

“The attacks on Julie Su, as well as those doing the attacking, speak volumes about the people and institutions desperate to preserve the economic status quo. As labor secretary of California, the world’s fifth-largest economy, Su enacted a sweeping pro-worker agenda that is a progressive model for all of America. As a child of immigrant parents and a longtime advocate for low-wage working people, Su truly understands the toll this pandemic continues to take on us, especially women and people of color. When then-President Donald Trump scrapped workplace safety protections and refused to consider reinstating regulations to save lives last year during this pandemic, Su successfully led the charge to implement an emergency temporary standard, which will soon be enacted nationally. From her work to prevent wage theft to her record of holding Big Tech accountable, Su has shown us she is ready to meet this moment and fight for working people across the nation. The Senate should quickly confirm her to serve alongside Marty Walsh as one of the most pro-worker Department of Labor leadership teams in American history.”

Here is an excerpt from the AFL-CIO statement previous released about Walsh’s qualifications to serve as Labor Secretary.

The labor movement has learned that when we stand together and fight for change in our country, we can truly make the change working people need and deserve — because on Jan. 7 President-elect Joe Biden nominated a union member, a brother who carried the tools and was an elected officer of his union — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh — to be the next secretary of labor of the United States. If confirmed by the Senate, Walsh will be the first union member to serve as Labor Secretary in more than 40 years.

Walsh will succeed Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, Eugene Scalia — a vicious union buster who has on his hands the blood of thousands of workers who have died of COVID-19 contracted in the workplace while he personally blocked a workplace safety standard for infectious disease…

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, speaking on behalf of the 55 affliated unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO, hailed Walsh’s appointment with these words:

“As a longtime union member, Walsh knows that collective bargaining is essential to building back better by combating inequality, beating COVID-19, and expanding opportunities for immigrants, women and people of color. He will have the ear of the White House, the Cabinet and Congress as we work to increase union density and create a stronger, fairer America. From the Boston Building and Construction Trades Council to the Massachusetts State House to the mayor’s office to his own personal journey with overcoming addiction, Marty Walsh has always been a fighter who understands the power of working people standing together for a better life.”

Call 844-551-6921 now and urge your U.S. Senators to support the confirmations of both Marty Walshe and Julie Su.

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