Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor

Obama has chosen Hilda Solis as his Secretary of Labor. She is currently a US Representative from East LA. I haven't been commenting much about Obama's cabinet picks, partially because they've been coming fast and furious, partially because I pretty much agree with them.

Solis' nomination is notable for me for a couple of reasons. First, obviously, she comes from LA. Second, at a moment when the UAW, bastion of white American male manufacturing prowess, is in deep trouble, there is something telling that Obama chose a Secretary of Labor about as from the UAW, geographically and demographically, as possible. That deserves a deeper look, but not now.

Harold Meyerson, former executive editor of the LA Weekly, wrote a nice piece about Solis in the LA Times. He compares her with Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor. He also provides some explanation for why Solis was chosen, and what it means for the future of labor. The labor movement is alive and well in LA, and is, in some part, being driven by Latinas. The head of the LA County Federation of Labor is Maria Elena Durazo.

But the most important thing about Hilda Solis, as far as I am concerned, and the best possible indication of her future greatness, is that she has a Master's degree from the University of Southern California!

Barack Obama's cabinet is finally complete - gotta have a Trojan in the house!

On a personal note, this is my 7ooth post.

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