Steelworkers Acclaim Obama's Appointment of Rep. Solis as Next Labor Secretary

Pittsburgh - The United Steelworkers (USW) union today hailed President-Elect Barack Obama’s appointment of U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor.

“Our union has worked tirelessly to reverse the disastrous course that our nation has been led down during the past eight years,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.  Celebrating President-elect Obama’s victory was a joyous occasion, but putting things right will not be easy.”

“The right-wing advocates of the failed trickle down economics will not fall silent when the new Administration takes office,” he said.  “Our union is looking forward, with overwhelming enthusiasm, to working with a labor secretary who is committed to supporting the needs of millions of working families in this country.”

“We know that Hilda Solis is committed to bringing fairness and economic justice to American workers, especially those who go to work every day and have no voice in the workplace, that is, no union to represent them,” Gerard concluded.

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