Democrats and organized labor aim to make Eugene Scalia, the pick to lead the Labor Department, a target in 2020 in hopes of testing President Trump’s support among rank-and-file union voters.
Trump is nominating Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to replace former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. Acting chief Patrick Pizzella and Eugene Scalia, if confirmed, are expected to push through controversial rules opposed by Democrats and unions. Trump has yet to formally nominate Scalia but critics are already vowing to put a spotlight on that agenda and Scalia’s work as a lawyer for businesses in high-profile labor fights.
“Scalia is not going to help folks at all and that’s why it’s so important that we have a group of candidates that are pushing and supporting issues that have impact on working families,” American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees President Lee Saunders told The Hill.