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CHC Calls for Meeting with Department of Labor Secretary

May 24, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Members of the CHC sent a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta inviting him to a meeting to discuss policies and regulations under his jurisdiction.
 
As stated in the letter, “Hispanics represent more than 16 percent of the workforce. This number will only continue to increase as Hispanics are projected to represent nearly 30 percent of the country's population by 2060. We cannot afford regulations that will unjustly and disproportionately harm Hispanic communities.”
 
The Members added, “We hope you will take seriously the responsibility of building inclusive policies that seeks to protect the full diversity of America’s workers and communities, and stand firm in opposing policies and regulations that stand to disadvantage Hispanic and minority workers and employees.”
 
The letter was signed by: Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, CHC Chairwoman; Rep. Joaquin Castro, CHC First-Vice Chair; Rep. Ruben Gallego, CHC Second-Vice Chair; Rep. Pete Aguilar, CHC Whip; Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, CHC Education and Workforce, Task Force Chairman.
 
COPY OF LETTER
 
May 22, 2017
 
Alexander Acosta
Secretary
Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington DC 20210
Dear Secretary Acosta:
 
We would like to congratulate you on your confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL).
 
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) looks forward to working with you on the  policies and regulations that are important to the communities we represent including: protecting employee and retiree rights, assisting job seekers through job training and employment programs, continuing overtime pay and wage protections, improving work conditions for employees and ensuring equal pay for equal work.
 
Since the start of the Trump Administration, the CHC has voiced a number of concerns with policy proposals and executive orders advanced by this Administration, including in the immigration, environmental, education and health care arenas. A majority of these policies and executive orders have proven to be detrimental for Hispanics and other minority communities. As a Hispanic yourself, we hope you will take seriously the responsibility of building inclusive policies that seeks to protect the full diversity of America’s workers and communities, and stand firm in opposing policies and regulations that stand to disadvantage Hispanic and minority workers and employees.
 
Currently, Hispanics represent more than 16 percent of the workforce. This number will only continue to increase as Hispanics are projected to represent nearly 30 percent of the country's population by 2060. We cannot afford regulations that will unjustly and disproportionately harm Hispanic communities. Such policies only serve to undermine the country’s long-term financial and economic growth. We hope that you will continue to advance the critical mission of the DOL to promote the welfare of wage earners, job seekers and retirees and support policies and regulations that protect all American workers.
 
We invite you to an in-person meeting in the next several weeks to discuss these objectives. Please have your staff contact CHC Executive Director Alma Acosta at Alma.Acosta@mail.house.gov to confirm your availability.
 
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
 
Sincerely,
 
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, CHC Chairwoman
Rep. Joaquin Castro, CHC First-Vice Chair
Rep. Ruben Gallego, CHC Second-Vice Chair
Rep. Pete Aguilar, CHC Whip
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, CHC Education and Workforce, Task Force Chairman
 
 
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.
 
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