Press Release | Workplace Health and Safety

Acosta Testimony Raises Serious Questions and Doubts

Statement by AFL-CIO President Trumka on the testimony of Labor Secretary nominee Alex Acosta to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions:

Alex Acosta’s testimony today raises serious questions and doubts whether he is committed to making life better for working families. Mr. Acosta’s nomination was a major improvement over the previous nominee, based on his qualifications, yet he offered no indication that he would use those qualifications to stand up for workers.

The Labor Secretary is not just another Cabinet member – his or her actions directly impact our wages, safety, retirement security and rights on the job every single day. Working people wanted to hear how Mr. Acosta would enforce and uphold labor laws to benefit us and not further tilt the balance of power toward corporate CEOs. Today, presented with the opportunity, he failed to do so and ensure America’s workers he’s on our side.

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