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NCL praises departing Secretary of Labor Solis for contributions to America’s working families

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For release: January 9, 2013
Contact: NCL Communications, Carol McKay, (412) 945-3242, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's pioneer consumer advocacy organization, expresses its gratitude for the service of Department of Labor Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who resigned from her position today.

“Secretary Solis worked mightily to protect the American worker during her tenure as the Secretary of Labor,” said NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg. “We were so impressed with her work on behalf of the nation’s most vulnerable workers, we honored her with NCL’s 2009 Trumpeter Award.”

“She made immediate improvements at the Department of Labor,” said Greenberg. “One of her first acts involved significantly increasing the number of Wage and Hour inspectors, working to protect the average worker from labor abuses. NCL operates programs to protect employees from wage theft and to safeguard children from exploitative child labor and teens from work-related injuries and illnesses. Secretary Solis was a great ally in these efforts. Her attempt to protect children working on farms through implementing occupational safeguards was especially appreciated, although ultimately it fell victim to election year politics.”

“We are grateful for Secretary Solis’ commitment and dedication to protecting America’s working families, especially as the nation battled a severe economic recession in recent years,” said Greenberg. “She will be missed at the DOL.”

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