Hilda Solis Confirmed As Labor Secretary, 80-17
Says [AFL-CIO President] Sweeney:
She understands that the Employee Free Choice Act is critical to rebuilding our economy because working men and women deserve the freedom to choose whether to form a union without employer interference.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said that in the past eight years, the voices of working families “haven’t been heard enough” and the voices of corporations and the powerful have been far too loud at the Labor Department.
President Obama, with the selection of Hilda Solis as secretary of labor, has given working families a voice back. Throughout her career, she has been a forceful advocate for working men and women.
Here’s hoping we get to say "Chao" to the Bush Administration’s craptastic labor policies.
Hilda Solis has been a tireless advocate for people who don’t have the money to buy their way into the halls of power. In 2000, she received the JFK Profile in Courage award for her work on landmark legislation to improve working conditions and to protect the environment.
We were so pleased to have her as a Blue America guest at FDL during her last run for office. And I’m even more thrilled to congratulate Hilda on her appointment to this cabinet post. Labor has a strong ally in Hilda: at a time when American workers could use a tenacious voice for their needs, they just got one. It’s about time.
Michael Whitney at SEIU has more.
UPDATE: Kagro caught the no votes: Cornyn, Roberts, Kyl, Burr, Coburn, Thune, Ensign, Bond, Wicker, Bunning, Vitter, DeMint, Shelby, Crapo, Risch, Sessions, Inhofe.