President Donald Trump has nominated, and the Senate has confirmed, a lawyer who has made a name for himself working against the interests of workers.
“The Senate on Thursday confirmed Eugene Scalia to succeed Alex Acosta, the labor secretary who resigned in July amid an outcry over his role in a plea deal for the multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Scalia is a partner at the Washington law firm Gibson Dunn, where he has represented companies such as Walmart, Ford and UPS in workers rights claims. He is also the son of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
Scalia was confirmed Thursday on a 53-to-44 vote.
Democrats have argued that Scalia’s record as a corporate lawyer has shown him to be ‘anti-worker.’ In remarks on the Senate floor Thursday morning, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) contended that Scalia fought to protect the interests of chief executives and the wealthy elite and opposed worker protections throughout his career, describing his nomination by President Trump as a ‘disgrace.’
‘This guy shouldn’t even make it for secretary of commerce, let alone secretary of labor, which is supposed to protect and defend the working people of America,’ Schumer said.
Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest federation of labor unions, called Scalia a ‘lifelong union-buster’ and said his nomination goes against Trump’s campaign pledge to stand on the side of workers.
‘It’s insulting, it’s dangerous, and workers are not going to forget it,’ Trumka said on a call with reporters Thursday morning.”
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