AFL-CIO: Trump's new Labor pick 'deserves serious consideration'

AFL-CIO: Trump's new Labor pick 'deserves serious consideration'
© Getty Images

One of the biggest forces in labor unions is welcoming President Trump's new pick for Labor secretary, after harshly criticizing Trump's since-withdrawn first choice.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on Thursday offered praise for Alexander Acosta shortly after Trump announced his nomination.

"Working people changed the game on this nomination. Unlike Andy Puzder, Alexander Acosta's nomination deserves serious consideration. In one day, we've gone from a fast-food CEO who routinely violates labor law to a public servant with experience enforcing it," AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said, according to NBC News's Carrie Dann.

Trump nominated Acosta after Andy Puzder on Wednesday withdrew his nomination to head up the Labor Department amid growing opposition in the Senate.
The AFL-CIO harshly criticized Puzder since he was first nominated, and celebrated his withdrawal on Wednesday.
According to Trumka, the trade union organization will fully evaluate Acosta's record in order to ensure that he is committed to "making life better for the working people."

"We will of course review Mr. Acosta's record as thoroughly as we did the previous nominee's. Mr. Acosta will have to answer tough questions and explain how he will enforce and uphold labor laws to benefit working people and not further tilt the balance of power toward corporate CEOs," Trumka said.

"The Labor Secretary is not just another Cabinet member — his or her actions directly impact our wages, safety and rights on the job every single day. We will judge this nominee by the commitment he shows to making life better for the working people," he added.