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Employee Free Choice Act is Introducted to House and Senate!

March 10, 2009

Earlier today, the Employee Free Choice Act was introduced in the House and Senate. It’s being supported by, among others, millions of American workers who would like a union – and with it a union contract. It’s being opposed by CEOs who you can be sure all bargained for a contract before they ever set foot in their corner offices.

This law is the most important piece of labor legislation in decades and a critical component in the effort to restore our economy.
In recent years, Americans have worked harder than ever and yet they have shared in less of the wealth they created. Worker productivity is up, and yet real median household income is down. Simultaneously, CEO pay has risen to as much as 400 times more than average worker pay.

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Hilda Solis Confirmed! Secretary of Labor for All Working People

February 24, 2009

Statement from UNITE HERE General President Bruce Raynor on Confirmation of Hilda Solis

Labor Secretary and UNITE HERE Vice President Christina Vasquez rally to raise minimum wage UNITE HERE applauds the confirmation of Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with Secretary Solis in her new role. We do not believe there is a more fitting leader for the Department of Labor.

In these dire economic times, working Americans need a Secretary of Labor who will speak for their interests in Washington. We have an historic opportunity to pass the Employee Free Choice Act and rebuild a stronger economy founded on a solid middle-class. Hilda Solis has a consistent record of working to ensure that every American has access to a quality job. We consider her a very strong ally in passing legislation and enforcing laws that help workers.

At UNITE HERE events, Hilda Solis is known as an honorary shop steward—a symbol of the respect she has earned through her decades-long commitment to working Americans. She has walked numerous picket-lines with us in Southern California. Our members have volunteered in every single Solis campaign. And, when she ran for the U.S. Congress, we were the first union to endorse her.

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