WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), met with Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su to discuss her nomination to serve as Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL). Senator Baldwin released the following statement after the meeting:
“Julie Su has dedicated her career to fighting to protect workers’ rights and earned benefits, taking on big corporations and wealthy special interests. Julie understands that it’s the workers that make our economy move forward and they deserve dignity and respect. It was wonderful to talk to her about safeguarding workers’ right to organize, helping businesses get the workers they need, and protecting workers from abuse and violence, particularly those in health care. Julie will be an outstanding Secretary of Labor who will be a strong voice for Wisconsin workers and help us create a strong, resilient economy. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get her confirmed.”
Senator Baldwin has long worked to protect workers’ right to stand together to bargain for fairer wages, better benefits, and secure retirement, and to safeguard workers from violence and abuse. In the meeting with Su, Senator Baldwin discussed her legislation to protect health care and social services employees from workplace violence by directing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a standard requiring health care and social service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan. Senator Baldwin encouraged Su, who would oversee OSHA at DOL, to put forth a proposal to protect workers as soon as possible.
An online version of this release is available here.