Solis Tells AFL-CIO: “I am proud and humbled to be your humble servant…”
The AFL-CIO, at its recent convention in Pittsburgh, had much to celebrate, including the fact that a Labor Secretary showed up to pay tribute to her biggest supporters when she campaigned for Congress. Reports Investor’s Business Daily:
Late last Friday, the White House decided to slap a 35% import tariff on Chinese tires. In doing so, the administration sided with the United Steelworkers despite the risks of a trade war with China, the largest holder of Treasuries at a time of record U.S. deficits.
That’s only the most recent example of Washington’s union friendliness.
The auto industry bailout — though painful for all parties — largely preserved unions’ generous wages and benefits at the expense of creditors and taxpayers.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., sent the convention videotaped hellos with effusive praise. “I look forward to working with your leadership team in the future,” Pelosi said.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis echoed Pelosi in her speech Monday. She also called Sweeney “my good friend and colleague” and “our president.”
“I am proud and humbled to be your humble servant as labor secretary,” she told the convention. She said the department was adding 670 labor law investigators. [Emphasis added.]
Maybe those new investigators will look into abuses by union officials, as well, as employers, but such talk from a Cabinet secretary and the Obama administration’s recent actions are not encouraging.
For more on the Obama administration’s and Congressional Democrats’ fulfillment of Big Labor’s wish list, see here.