Civil Rights Community Celebrates Nomination of Julie Su to Lead Department of Labor

Contact: Mattie Goldman, [email protected]

WASHINGTON — Jesselyn McCurdy, executive vice president for government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Biden’s intent to nominate Julie Su to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor:

“Julie Su is an exemplary leader who is exceptionally qualified to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, especially given her service over the last two years as the agency’s deputy secretary. Su has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring that all working people are treated with dignity and are able to enjoy basic protections in the workplace. We also applaud the important diversity that Su’s nomination will bring to President Biden’s Cabinet, as Su’s lived experiences as an AAPI woman and professional experience as a civil rights lawyer will make this agency more representative of the communities it serves.

“For decades, Su’s career has reflected a deep understanding of how equity, justice, and economic security are linked, especially for women, immigrants, and communities of color. As vulnerable communities recover from the financial devastation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and families face the rising cost of living, it’s essential that we have a champion at the Department of Labor representing these communities. We look forward to working together to improve civil rights and workplace justice for all working people in this country, and we urge the Senate to swiftly confirm her nomination.”

In 2021, The Leadership Conference sent a letter to the Senate supporting Su’s nomination to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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