California Workforce Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2020
The California Workforce Association endorses CA Labor Secretary Julie Su for US Secretary of Labor
Endorsement comes from Association Representing California’s 45 Local Workforce Development Boards
As the candidates for the incoming Biden administration’s Secretary of Labor are vetted and explored, California’s system of local workforce providers resoundingly threw their support behind State Secretary of Labor Julie Su.
In a letter to the Biden transition team, CWA Executive Director Bob Lanter cited Secretary Su’s experience leading California’s Labor Agency as critical for the incoming administration’s Department of Labor. It is imperative that the Department of Labor begins on day one of the new administration to implement desperately needed supports and protections for America’s workforce. Her efforts have led California to improve access to training, promoting high-road careers, eliminating barriers to employment, and creating a level playing field for employers to be successful and prosperous in the state. Secretary Su is poised and ready to expand critical initiatives she has led in California to the whole of the nation, on behalf of workers and families.
Secretary Su’s background as an experienced, fierce advocate for worker’s rights has proven her as the kind of leader that is critical to facing the COVID-19 generated recession. Her vision and experience will allow DOL to hit the ground running with a pro-worker and working family agenda, which will serve the United States’ most vulnerable communities and provide for an equitable economic recovery for all Americans.
Julie Su was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom, as the Secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) in 2019. Previously Secretary Su served California as the Labor Commissioner from 2011 through 2018, enforcing the State’s labor laws to ensure a fair and just workplace for both employees and employers. Prior to that, Su was the Litigation Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the nation’s largest non-profit civil rights organization devoted to issues affecting the Asian American community.
California’s Local Workforce Development Boards serve over 1.8million people annually through their job centers and business services, and stand firmly behind Secretary Su as a tireless advocate who will continue to push for access to high-wage, high-growth careers, worker protections, and a prosperous nation for all.