March 1, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC - Three of the nation’s main building-trades unions have endorsed Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s new nominee for Secretary of Labor. Douglas McCarron, general president of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, said in a Feb. 16 statement that Acosta is an “advocate for the middle class” committed to fighting payroll fraud.
The International Union of Operating Engineers also backed him on Feb. 16, with General President James T. Callahan calling him “fair and open minded," and thoughtful enough to lead an agency that protects workers from wage theft and enforces safety standards. The Laborers’ International Union of North America endorsed him Feb. 19. His “fairness and respect for justice make him highly qualified,” General President Terry O’Sullivan said. Acosta, who served on the National Labor Relations Board in 2002-03 and worked for a management-side law firm in the ’90s, was tapped to replace Andrew Puzder, the fast-food executive who withdrew his nomination after revelations of wife-beating amplified anger about his anti-labor attitudes. Read more