Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Julie Su’s 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.
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