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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:12 PM

Hilda Solis resigns as labor secretary

Source: Washington Post



Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has resigned, opening another spot in President Obama’s Cabinet.

Announcing the resignation in a statement on Monday, Obama hailed Solis as “a tireless champion for working families” during “the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.” The president said that “her efforts have helped train workers for the jobs of the future, protect workers’ health and safety and put millions of Americans back to work.”

Solis’s resignation, following the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson and the withdrawal of Susan Rice from consideration for secretary of state, adds to the issue of racial and gender diversity in Obama’s second-term Cabinet.

White House aides said, however, that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Attorney General Eric Holder will remain with the administration in their current posts.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/hilda-solis-resigns-as-labor-secretary/2013/01/09/1e9b9394-5aa3-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html

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Reply Hilda Solis resigns as labor secretary (Original post)
Adenoid_Hynkel Jan 2013 OP
HomerRamone Jan 2013 #1
Faygo Kid Jan 2013 #2
KamaAina Jan 2013 #5
rosesaylavee Jan 2013 #3
BumRushDaShow Jan 2013 #7
rosesaylavee Jan 2013 #9
pasto76 Jan 2013 #8
rosesaylavee Jan 2013 #10
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #4
OswegoAtheist Jan 2013 #6
KamaAina Jan 2013 #11

Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:43 PM

1. There's still a Department of Labor? nt

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:12 PM

2. Jennifer Granholm would be a good successor

Former guv of an important labor state (and stick it in the GOP's eye).

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:10 PM

5. Nice.

Any other suggestions from the floor?

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:52 PM

3. Was she 'a tireless champion for working families'?

She never showed up at Wisconsin during any of the labor disputes did she? Maybe I missed what she did?

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:30 PM

9. Very cool pictures!

Thank you!

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Response to rosesaylavee (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:00 PM

8. yeah, you did miss it

actual investigations into workplace safety complaints QUADRUPLED under her term. Along with the manpower to hit them all. You must not work in construction, or you might realize how good she was.

She isnt a politician. believe it or not filling your wish of her appearing at WI labor rallies would have been _completely_ inappropriate.

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Response to pasto76 (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:33 PM

10. Good to know about the safety investigations.

And I disagree with you regarding the appropriateness of her addressing the Wisconsin labor issues. I do see she did march in Alabama with the AFL CIO in the photos posted by someone else on this thread.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:56 PM

4. We need someone that will fight for unions

I wish Holder would go

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:33 PM

6. Ed Schultz for Secretary of Labour!

Oswego "MSNBCabinet" Atheist

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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:27 PM

11. The CBC is pushing Rep. Barbara Lee

http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2013/01/10/congressional-black-caucus-urges-obama-to-appoint-oakland-rep-barbara-lee-as-sec-of-labor/

President Barack Obama has been urged by the head of the Congressional Black Caucus to nominate Oakland Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee for U.S. Secretary of Labor, according to a letter released today.

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge mailed her letter to Obama, recommending that he nominate Lee to fill the post vacated this week by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

Lee, who has represented the East Bay’s overwhelmingly Democratic 9th Congressional District since 1998, is an outspoken anti-war advocate, and a longtime champion of progressive causes, including labor and HIV/AIDS awareness. She is a former co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The move comes as Obama has been under fire for what many women are calling a disappointing lack of diversity in his top level appointments. Here’s a post earlier this week from SFChron/SFGate comrade Joe Garofoli on that issue.


She'd be great -- but, as always seems to be the case with these things, the feeding frenzy for her seat could backfire on Dems, in this case jeopardizing our fragile two-thirds supermajority (needed to raise taxes) in the CA legislatuere.

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