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Elaine Chao on Jobs

Secretary of Labor (Pres. Bush Cabinet)

 


2001: require unions to report how membership dues are spent

Bush named Elaine Chao for Labor Secretary, a former Peace Corps director and the wife of Senator Mitch McConnell. She won confirmation and remained in the post for Bush's entire eight years in office. It's a thankless post for a Republican: the unions hate any GOP labor secretary and they were personally rude and crude to Chao. It didn't dissuade her from protecting American workers, however, by making unions live up to the law by revealing how they spent their member's dues.
Source: Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove, p.222 , Nov 2, 2010

Focus on emerging realities of technology and globalization

Chao will focus on the emerging realities of the new economy and to ensure that laws governing the workplace are more flexible for working people. She advocates a “strong and productive workforce in which everyone can participate. where jobs and opportunities are available for those leaving welfare, job training is accessible for those left behind, disability never bars a qualified person from the workplace, and where parents have an easier time balancing the responsibilities of work and home.”
Source: Bush Cabinet Dept. of Labor web site, “Secretary’s Bio” , Feb 3, 2001

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