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The full Senate has confirmed Rep. Hilda Solis (San Gabriel Valley) as the next Labor Secretary. For weeks Republicans had dragged their loafers during hearings, objecting to La Puente-born Solis' close ties to organized labor and even her husband's rather minor business-tax problems. Perhaps the real issue, though, was the fear of American business and its Senate proxies that Solis will push for passage of the Employee Freedom of Choice Actlegislation that would make it easier for workers to form unions. With the presidential election over, EFCA has become the number one cause for the labor movement — and number one headache for business. The 80-17 confirmation originally was going to have to go through a two-thirds vote just to get to the Senate floor, but the Republican leadership finally dropped a filibuster threat, allowing a straight up and down ballot.

LA Weekly