ABC and dozens of employer organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate on May 8 expressing their opposition on Julie Su’s stalled nomination for secretary of labor. The groups cited her troubling record and failure to adequately explain how she would run the DOL in a manner that engages employers and employees alike to best achieve our shared economic goals.
“Ms. Su’s track record as California’s Secretary of Labor raises legitimate questions about her ability to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, particularly at a time when our country faces supply chain challenges, inflation, and workforce shortages,” the 35 organizations wrote. “Moreover, current labor negotiations at the West Coast Ports and upcoming negotiations elsewhere could, without adequate leadership, effectively shut down our nation’s economy.
“At the recent Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Ms. Su failed to adequately address questions about her record and her plans to address our nation’s challenges in a manner that advances our collective goals of reducing inflation, ensuring stable supply chains, and supporting economic opportunities for employers and employees alike. Confirming a labor secretary with a track record of putting roadblocks in the way of solving the current workforce shortage would negatively affect every American, every business (particularly small businesses), and the economy,” the coalition wrote.
Republicans in the Senate are united in opposition to Su’s nomination and moderate Democrats remain hesitant to support her, but the White House is doing a full-court press to get her across the finish line.