Statement by AFSA President Diann Woodard on Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

As a daughter of a union worker, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis fought tirelessly to protect, preserve and strengthen workers’ rights. She refused to allow strained state and local budgets to serve as an excuse for attacking public employees’ collective bargaining rights, their benefits, and their retirement security.

As a product of public schools, Secretary Solis never forgot the importance of providing all children with equal access to a high quality education, understanding that education is the key to our nation’s future prosperity. She recognized that strong leadership is a critical element to a successful school and that school leaders must be fully supported in their efforts to implement policies in the reform movement.

We thank Secretary Solis for her selfless and dedicated service to all workers. She never stopped fighting to protect the fundamental rights of workers, and to do right by those on the front lines of education. We hope that her successor provides the same level of dedication for workers’ rights as she demonstrated consistently throughout her five years of service.