We’ve heard tell that after eight years of the Bush administration, employees in more than one federal governmental department have welcomed the new Obama team members as though they were a liberating force.
Yesterday, the welcome was especially heartwarming when employees greeted Labor Department Secretary Hilda Solis, confirmed just two days ago.
As Chris Garlock at the Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Council reports, sustained applause and enthusiastic cheers erupted when Solis arrived and workers crowded around as she worked her way toward the Labor Department entrance, shaking hands and embracing employees as they greeted her under a big banner proclaiming “Welcome to the Department of Labor.”
AFGE Local 12 President Alex Bastani puts it this way:
We’ve waited eight years and one month for this. You’re a sight for sore eyes.
There’s a lot of damage to undo after eight years in which the Bush administration refused to enforce or enact key health and safety standards, attacked workers’ overtime pay and otherwise supported Big Business over the interests of America’s workers. And as Bastani continued:
It’s like one of our managers said: Now we can get to the work.