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09.19.19

IFPTE Pens Letter to Senate in Opposition to Scalia Nomination

September 19, 2019

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the members of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFPTE), we are writing regarding President Trump’s nomination of Eugene Scalia for Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL). As a labor union representing 90,000 workers in the private, public and federal sectors, IFPTE is very concerned with Mr. Scalia’s work geared toward building corporate power at the expense of workers. IFPTE urges you to oppose his nomination.

Mr. Scalia’s decades of work in the corporate world is in direct conflict with the goals of the DOL, an agency whose mission is to “foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; to improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.”

Here are some of the more concerning activities that are reflective of Mr. Scalia’s worker animus:

  • He is an outspoken opponent of raising the minimum wage;

  • He has defended corporate clients who fired their employees for taking advantage of the Family and Medical Leave Act;

  • He has consistently defended his business clients’ ability to threaten and fire employees who are engaged in union organizing drives;

  • He was an outspoken supporter of the Boeing Company’s decision to move a chunk of its manufacturing work from Washington State to right-to-work South Carolina as retaliation against the International Association of Machinists members who went out on strike against the aerospace giant;

  • He is an outspoken critic of labor law reform legislation aimed at protecting the rights of workers to form a union absent employer intimidation; and

  • He has worked to limit the legal liability of employers with respect to sexual harassment and sexual discrimination lawsuits
These are just a few the many examples that render Mr. Scalia disqualified for this job. The DOL Secretary should be a person who has spent a lifetime advocating for workers, not against them.

Should Mr. Scalia be confirmed, corporate America will have their proverbial ‘fox guarding the hen house’. Please stand up for American workers by voting against Mr. Scalia’s nomination for Labor Secretary.

Sincerely,

Paul Shearon
President

Matthew Biggs
Secretary-Treasurer/Legislative Director

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National Employment Law Project Factsheet

AFL-CIO's Scalia Resume Website

IFPTE's Letter to the Senate Opposing Scalia Nomination

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