Rep. Hilda Solis will be Obama’s Labor Secretary
December 23, 2008
Solis is the only Hispanic woman named to serve on Obama’s cabinet. Her nomination was unexpected, political observers say, because Solis built a reputation during her four terms in the House of Representatives as an advocate for the environment and immigration and has not concentrated on workplace or labor issues. Organized labor groups had been urging the Obama transition team to name a high profile labor advocate, such as Linda Chavez-Thompson, former executive vice president of the AFL-CIO and a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.
While it may be obvious where she stands on immigration, the jury is still out on her stance on E-Verify. The most important issue she will face is the admistrations stance on the forthcoming Card Check Law also called the Employee Free Choice Act. Any background screening issues will likely take a back seat to these two important issues, at least for the foreseeable future. Be sure to check employeescreen University regularly for updates!
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