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For Immediate Release
February 24, 2009
Eric Sharfstein

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

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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