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ASSE Comments on Resignation of Labor Secretary Solis

Posted in on Fri, Jan 18, 2013

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has resigned.  You can find her resignation statement at

Of course, now that Secretary Solis has submitted her resignation, the game in DC is to figure out who the next Secretary of Labor will be.  Thanks to Stephen Lee at BNA for most of these these.  Current names going around are Patricia Smith, current Department of Labor Solicitor (makes a lot of sense); Seth Harris, Deputy Secretary of Labor; Maria Echaveste, deputy chief of staff under President Clinton; Carrie Wofford, senior Democratic counsel on the Senate HELP Committee; Rosa DeLauro, Democratic Congresswoman from Connecticut; Arlene Holt Baker, AFL-CIO executive vice president, and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.  TV wisdom has it that President Obama needs more women and minorities in the new Cabinet, but we shall see.

From ASSE on the Secretary’s resignation –


(January 11, 2013) –

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Richard A. Pollock, CSP,
responds to the recent resignation of U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis:

“On the announcement of her resignation, ASSE thanks and congratulates Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis for her service to the nation. We are pleased that, under her leadership, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been a positive partner in the discussion about how to energize and move forward this nation’s commitment to occupational safety and health. While ASSE and its members may not agree on every direction the current OSHA has taken, we do appreciate that under her leadership there has been willingness at OSHA to share ideas and listen to what our members have to say about the best ways to protect this nation’s workers on the job. Secretary Solis should be given
credit for supporting that environment. We have no doubt that Secretary Solis
will provide similar positive leadership in her future endeavors and wish her
good luck. As we do with every Administration’s choices to lead the Department
of Labor and OSHA, ASSE looks forward to working with a new Secretary of Labor who we trust will continue to provide thoughtful, cooperative leadership at the Department of Labor.”

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