by Pablo Ros | February 16, 2017
A day after we said good riddance to Andrew Puzder, President Trump named a new nominee to head the U.S. Labor Department: Alexander Acosta.
Acosta is the dean of the law school at Florida International University in Miami. He was assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil rights division and served on the National Labor Relations Board, both under President George W. Bush. He was also U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
“During a time of unprecedented attacks against labor unions and the middle class, we need a labor secretary who will truly be an advocate for working families,” said AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders. “We need someone with a demonstrated commitment to lifting wages, to enhancing retirement security, to ensuring workplace safety, to aggressive enforcement of anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws. I look forward to hearing Mr. Acosta answer tough questions on these issues.”
Puzder, a fast food CEO, backed out of his nomination after working families across the country voiced their opposition. His track record of putting profits over workers and violating labor laws made it clear that he wouldn’t have working families’ best interests in mind. Controversies from his past also called into question his personal integrity.
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