Shouldn’t That Be the Hall of 'Dishonor?'

The Labor Department's Hall of Honor pays tribute to real champions of working people, like the first Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins; Cesar Chavez, who organized farm workers, and many others.

The Hall of Honor recognizes "Americans whose distinctive contributions have elevated working conditions, wages, and overall quality of life for American families."

The latest inductee, former President Ronald Reagan, however, actually belongs in a Labor Hall of Dishonor.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Reagan was being added because he was president of the Screen Actors Guild.

This is the same Ronald Reagan who, in 1981, fired 11,000 air traffic controllers, banned them from holding any government job for life, and broke their union.

This is the same Ronald Reagan who froze health and safety regulations including asbestos exposure limits and the "right to know" policy that would give workers information about cancer-causing and other hazardous substances they work with; as well as restricting work on other toxic substance standards.

This is the same Ronald Reagan whose appointments to the National Labor Relations Board set back workers' rights for decades.

Inducting Reagan to the Labor Department's Hall of Honor is a slap in the face to working people.

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