It is finally official! After two months of delays by the Republicans, Hilda Solis has received the required votes from the Senate to become to head of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Testament to her regard within the progressive labor movement–and to her support for “card check” legislation–the Solis appointment has received an uncharacteristic amount of attention by the minority party in Congress, resulting in the two-month delay.
This is the first time a pro-labor advocate (and a Chicana) has been appointed to the post. Solis is a real progressive, somebody who will keep the interests of the working poor and middle-class at the forefront of her efforts.