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American Rights at Work Statement on Secretary of Labor Nomination

Executive Director Mary Beth Maxwell and Chair David Bonior

WASHINGTON - Following media reports that Congresswoman Hilda Solis (D-CA) will be tapped by President-Elect Obama as our nation's next Secretary of Labor, American Rights at Work Executive Director Mary Beth Maxwell and Chair David Bonior released the following statements:

Mary Beth Maxwell: "What a great choice. Rep. Solis brings the expertise and leadership required to a department in desperate need of reform and will champion common sense policies like the Employee Free Choice Act to restore balance and create an economy that works for everyone.

David Bonior: "I've worked with her for years in Congress and she sits on our Board of Directors - she is a terrific leader who I know first hand will work tirelessly on behalf of America's working families."

Congresswoman Hilda Solis is a member of American Rights at Work's Board of Directors.

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