We knew it wouldn’t be easy to defeat Andrew Puzder and the other NRA, but you stood up. We fought hard, and we won.
The fight is far from over, however. The second choice for Secretary of Labor, conservative attorney and Florida International University Law School Dean, R. Alexander Acosta is just as bad. Despite what the Administration would have us believe, Acosta is steeped in the same anti-worker and anti-women policies as Puzder. We must resist.
Acosta’s record is filled with clear evidence he is not a friend to America’s 12 million restaurant workers. As a U.S. Attorney, he offered a cushy plea deal to a hedge fund manager accused of soliciting minors for prostitution. When he led the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the number of employment-related cases filed to protect workers fell substantially. On his watch, the Civil Rights Division engaged in highly politicized hiring that favored candidates with conservative views. What’s more, he has worked to protect Republican efforts to suppress votes in predominantly black communities.
Like Puzder, R. Alexander Acosta has no business anywhere near the Department of Labor. On March 8, 2017 restaurant workers and their allies will take to the streets for a women’s strike and rally outside of the Department of Labor. Join us as we raise our voices to demand a Secretary of Labor who will ensure America’s most vulnerable workers are protected from exploitation and afforded with the dignity they deserve.
Take a stand with us. Join us on March 8, 2017 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm for Women Workers Rising. Learn more at www.womenworkersrising.org, and use #WomenWorkersRising to that you’re standing up against Acosta and standing for better wages, benefits, and working conditions for women workers everywhere.