Saying Goodbye to Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis
From Department of Labor Newsletter "Saying Goodbye to Solis"
More than 300 supporters in Washington, D.C., and thousands more across the country via webcast joined in saluting Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on her last day at the department. Her mother, sisters, husband, as well as union presidents, White House staff and other dignitaries also attended. After a shout out to her "amigo," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who made a surprise appearance, Solis said, "I decided I wanted to share my experience with journeys, with beginnings and endings... because when you come right down to it, that reflects what's in my mind, and more importantly, what is in my heart, at this moment. Public service is the very best way to make your own unique contribution to the world. The coming and going isn't what matters. Leaders may change, circumstances may change, but our service must be constant. It forms an unbreakable bond between ourselves and our communities, our country and the people we care about," she said.
Acting Secretary of Labor Named
Seth D. Harris, the department's deputy secretary since May 2009, has been selected to be the acting secretary of labor. In an email to department employees on Jan. 24, Harris wrote, "Our goals in the department are stability and continuity as we wait for a Secretary of Labor to be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate." Before joining the department, Harris was a professor of law at New York Law School and director of its Labor & Employment Law Programs. He served for seven years at the department during the Clinton administration in key positions, including counselor to the secretary of labor. Harris, who takes office with the resignation of Hilda L. Solis, told department employees in his email that "our mission has never been more important than it is today. Let's work together to carry it out, to help the people and organizations that depend on us, and to continue rebuilding America's economy."
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