Labor Secretary Resigns; Obama's Cabinet Increasingly White and Male
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Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis submitted her letter of resignation yesterday to the White House, to the regret of labor movement leaders, who found in Solis a kindred spirit. And feminists are likely chagrined by the fact that Solis' departure potentially means one less woman in a cabinet the president is increasingly stacking with white men.
[T]here could be no greater tribute to the Secretary than finishing the important work she started in issuing proposed regulations last spring to close the exemption that denies federal minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s home care workers. Finalizing these regulations soon will keep a promise President Obama made a year ago,
As the daughter of parents who worked in factories, paid their union dues and achieved their goal of a middle class life, and as the first Latina to head a major federal agency, it has been an incredible honor to serve.
Secretary Solis never lost sight of her own working-class roots, and she always put the values of working families at the center of everything she did. We hope that her successor will continue to be a powerful voice both within the Obama administration and across the country for all of America’s workers.