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    NBC: Rep. Hilda Solis is Obama's labor pick - White House transition- msnbc.com

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    NBC: Rep. Hilda Solis is Obama's labor pick
    Daughter of Mexican, Nicaraguan immigrants is a 5-term congresswoman

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    updated 1:35 p.m. PT, Thurs., Dec. 18, 2008


    Rep. Hilda Solis, a Democrat from California's 32nd district, is expected to be named Barack Obama's Labor Department nominee in the next few days.

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be labor secretary, Democratic Rep. Hilda Solis of California, is expected to advocate greater union influence in the workplace and more "green" jobs.

    Solis, the 51-year-old daughter of a Mexican union shop steward and a Nicaraguan assembly line worker, is in line to be the second Hispanic nominee in Obama's Cabinet. Obama planned to announce her nomination on Friday, said a labor official who spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made yet.

    The lone member of Congress of Central American descent, Solis would replace Elaine Chao, the only original member of President George W. Bush's Cabinet still in office.

    Unions, which contributed heavily to Obama and Democrats this year, expect Solis to be an advocate for them and for workers. They expect her to press for legislation that would force businesses to recognize union representation once more than 50 percent of a company's eligible work force signs union cards, instead of waiting for secret-ballot elections.

    Unions claim mangers coerce and intimidate workers into rejecting unions in secret ballots at work. Employers say workers often are coerced themselves by their peers to sign union cards and that a secret-ballot election is the only way to determine their true wishes.

    "Unions are vital to the health and strength of our communities, and our workers are the bedrock of our economy," Solis said in 2007 while advocating for the Employee Free Choice Act. "In this day and age when the number of women and new immigrants is increasing in the work force, it is important that they become a part of the American fabric and one of the ways is to be a member of a union."

    Solis' father was a Teamsters shop steward in Mexico.

    "We're confident that she will return to the Labor Department one of its core missions — to defend workers' basic rights in our nation's workplaces," said John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor organization.

    Solis in 1994 was the first Latina elected to the California Senate, where she led the battle to increase the state's minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.75 an hour in 1996.

    Andy Stern, president of the 1.9-million member Service Employees International Union, recalled marching with her in Los Angeles — well before she was elected to Congress — to seek higher wages and benefits for janitors.

    "We were with her fighting for the rights of people who work from the beginning and we're so proud that she's been chosen to be the labor secretary," Stern said.

    Environmental groups noted that while in Congress, Solis wrote a measure that authorized $125 million for work force training programs in areas such as energy efficiency retrofitting and "green building" construction.

    "We can think of no better person to help President-elect Obama implement his plans for an economic recovery fueled by the creation of millions of new green jobs," said Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club. "Hilda Solis also understands that green jobs must also be good jobs and has worked to make sure that the clean energy economy is one that lifts up all workers."

    Business groups, ready to assume a more defensive posture during Obama's administration, responded cautiously to the news about Solis.

    "There's a new sheriff in town, but they'll still have to deal with the business community and they know it," said Randy Johnson, vice president for labor issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "We would hope she will continue to support programs that help educate employers about voluntary compliance with the law rather than pursue heavy handed enforcement," he said.

    A call to Solis' office was not immediately returned Thursday.


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    This would be a great post for her and her political future. Chao's done jack squat as Labor Secretary.

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    The article got this wrong
    second Hispanic nominee in Obama's Cabinet
    She'd be the third Hispanic nominee; Richardson and Salazar are the other two.

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    Seems like she should be a good pick for Labor Sect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    The article got this wrongShe'd be the third Hispanic nominee; Richardson and Salazar are the other two.
    That's right, I remembered Richardson, but I forgot about Salazar...

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    ^ I think they meant to say she would be the second Hispanic Labor secretary. I've seen that mentioned in other articles.

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    Lightbulb New Labor Secretary is Brown and Green

    New Labor Secretary is Brown and Green

    by Van Jones

    President-elect Barack Obama got it right when he announced Representative Hilda Solis as his pick for the next secretary of labor. Headlines are heralding her as the first Latino to hold the post. But the green jobs movement is jumping for joy not only because she's brown. It's because she's green. Through Solis, Obama makes clear his commitment to creating green jobs to lift the nation out of its current economic crisis.

    We're thrilled that Hilda Solis shares the green jobs vision. In fact, she's already helped make it real. Rep. Solis was the original author of the Green Jobs Act, and our Green For All team worked closely with her in 2007. During that year's Congressional session, she worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and was instrumental in getting that hallmark legislation passed. Her work demonstrated her commitment to a socially responsible, clean-energy economy that will create millions of good-paying jobs and save our environment. She is the right secretary of labor to take advantage of a great opportunity not only to make America's economy stronger by making it greener, but also to make Americans living in poverty part of a revitalized middle class.

    As Obama raises his right hand on inauguration day, he should be signing new green jobs bills with his left. Early next year, Green For All will join a coalition of groups advocating for the Clean Energy Corps. The Clean Energy Corps is a combined service, training, and job-creation effort to combat global warming, grow local and regional economies, and demonstrate the promise of the clean energy economy.

    You'll hear more from Green For All in the upcoming year. We're a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy, strong enough to lift people out of poverty. By advocating for local, state and federal commitments to job creation, job training, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the emerging green economy -- especially for people from disadvantaged communities -- Green For All fights both poverty and pollution at the same time. For more information, please visit our web site.

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    Van Jones is the founder and president of Green for All. He is the author of The Green Collar Economy.

    New Labor Secretary is Brown and Green | CommonDreams.org

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