Senate Confirms Alex Acosta as Labor Secretary

April 28, 2017

A 60-38 vote by the Senate on Thursday confirmed Acosta to the post. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to swear in Acosta on Friday. Acosta, the son of Cuban immigrants, will be the nation’s 27th labor secretary […]

Senate Committee Advances Trump’s Labor Pick

March 30, 2017

“The Department of Labor is an agency whose job it is to stand up for the workers in this country, their safety, making sure they get the pay they’ve earned,” Senator Patty Murray told The Hill. “I just do not feel comfortable Acosta is going to stand up to a […]

Trump’s Labor Nominee Hints at Updating Overtime Rule

March 23, 2017

“The overtime rule hasn’t been updated since 2004,” Acosta said. “It’s unfortunate that rules that involve dollar values can sometimes go more than a decade, sometimes 15 years, without being updated. Because life does get more expensive.” […]

New Labor Nominee: ‘Troubling Episodes’ Emerge

March 13, 2017

“There are at least two ‘troubling’ episodes in Acosta’s Depart- ment of Justice career, says Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United. “First, Acosta is on record supporting efforts to restrict voting rights for African […]

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