Statement by Communications Workers of America President Chris Shelton on today’s Senate confirmation hearing of Labor Secretary Nominee R. Alexander Acosta:
The Labor Department is responsible for promoting “the welfare of wage earners, job seekers and retirees.” In his hearing today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, Alexander Acosta wouldn’t commit to raising the overtime pay threshold or preserving a Labor Department regulation that would prevent hundreds of deaths by reducing workers' exposure to cancer-causing silica dust, and suggested that “one rule after another has stacked a big, wet blanket of costs and time-consuming mandates on job creators, causing them to create fewer jobs."
That makes us skeptical that he will be a strong advocate for working people.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to support workers, when it comes to keeping jobs safe, stopping employer abuse, and safeguarding workers’ rights on the job. If the Senate confirms Acosta, CWA and millions of working people are ready to hold Acosta accountable to ensure that he enforces the law.