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Biden Names Labor Advocate Julie Su to Lead Labor Dept.; Democrats Reintroduce PRO Act

HeadlineMar 01, 2023

Back in the U.S., President Biden has tapped Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su to be the next labor secretary, as former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh leaves his post this month to head the National Hockey League’s players’ union. The nomination of Su, a civil rights attorney and former head of California’s Labor Department, was welcomed by progressive and pro-labor groups. She would be the first Asian American to serve as secretary in Biden’s Cabinet. Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, said, “[Julie Su’s] commitment to ensuring equity and compliance, … to her work as a labor expert and attorney fighting for the rights of women workers nationally, … makes her the ideal choice to lead the Labor Department.”

Meanwhile, Democrats reintroduced the PRO Act Tuesday for the third time. The legislation would protect the right to organize, and penalize companies that engage in union busting. This is Senator Bernie Sanders.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Under this bill, it will no longer be cheaper for corporations to break the law than to obey the law. … In a time when we are seeing — and here’s good news — more and more workers wanting to join unions, it is unacceptable that over half of workers who vote to form a union don’t have a union contract a year after their union victory. That will change under the PRO Act.”

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