Hilda Solis: Secretary for Rolling Back Transparency

By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner

In a statement today on the resignation of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis the White House called her a “tireless champion for working families … (and) a critical member of my economic team as we have worked to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and strengthen the economy for the middle class.”

Left out of the statement was one of the secretary’s other great accomplishments: rolling back public disclosure laws put in place by her predecessor, Republican Elaine Chao. Solis undid changes to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act that forced Big Labor to be more accountable to individual union members. Chao’s rules required that union officers disclose their potential conflicts of interest and report on payments from union trusts. Those rules helped the Office of Labor Management Standards uncover fraud, resulting in 929 convictions, and recovering more than $93 million on behalf of union members. (Comparable figures for investigations under Solis were not readily available; I will follow up once I find them.)


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