For Immediate Release

Friday, July 19, 2019

AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Impending Scalia Nomination

WASHINGTON — 
AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding President Trump's plan to nominate Eugene Scalia to Secretary of Labor: 

“Working people need a labor secretary who has their backs.

“From completing a fiduciary rule that protects retirement savings, to making more workers eligible for overtime pay, to establishing a workplace violence safety and health standard, the Labor Department can move an agenda that would make a powerful difference in the lives of millions of working families.

“It remains to be seen, however, if Eugene Scalia would demonstrate this kind of leadership. His record, both in private law practice and as the Labor Department's top attorney, indicates support for unchecked corporate power and neglect of the welfare of working people.

“AFSCME members will be watching closely during his confirmation hearing to see if he would lead the Labor Department in a way that is consistent with its mission.”