Republican members of the U.S. Senate voted last week to confirm President Trump's new pick for Labor Secretary, Eugene Scalia, who has made a career of representing big corporations in their efforts to dismantle workers' rights. As Labor Secretary, Scalia will have even more power to weaken employment and health and safety protections for workers in order to further enrich already wealthy CEOs and large shareholders. No Democratic Senators supported his nomination.
"Eugene Scalia made his millions helping big business clients shirk their responsibility to treat their workers with respect and dignity, while also taking special interest in dismantling Wall Street regulations that protect consumers," said CWA President Chris Shelton. "In case that's not enough, as CWA members fought for a fair contract at Cablevision in Brooklyn, Scalia aggressively defended the company's union-busting, which included firing workers for union activity."
Shelton vowed that CWA members will fight against the inevitable onslaught of new anti-worker regulation from the Trump administration, and will mobilize to hold Trump and the U.S. Senate accountable in the 2020 elections for "the sick joke of putting Scalia in charge of the federal agency tasked with protecting workers."