Marty Walsh, Labor Secretary, smiles big with truckers as if he’s in support of the trade while visiting Pennsylvania. It’s surprising that truckers would actually show up to the event or anyone would support this man.
Walsh painted a picture of a path forward and tweeted, “Today I joined @GovernorTomWolf in Carlisle, PA as Yellow Corporation launched its truck driving apprenticeship program. Programs like these produce some of the safest, most skilled drivers on the road today. They strengthen our workforce and our supply chains.”
Walsh’s pick for Labor and Hour Division, David Weil, would actually hinder truck drivers’ ability to perform their job. These truck drivers often work as independent contractors and haul loads for many different companies.
In a Senate hearing, Weil faced fierce opposition from Republicans and Democrats and ultimately failed to get nominated.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said, “Mr. Weil’s track record and previous statements are problematic for many West Virginia employees and business owners. Ultimately, I could not support Mr. Weil because I do not believe that the health and well-being of our small businesses and the employees who rely on their success would be his utmost priority.
Small businesses and average Americans are tired of overregulation and setbacks to get ahead. President Joe Biden promised to build from the bottom up and middle out and only tax the rich, but overregulation of the bottom and middle isn’t going to achieve that promise.
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chairwoman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said that she was “incredibly disappointed and said that he was “an exceptionally qualified nominee with a long track record fighting to ensure workers get the wages they have earned.”
What about the wages that they deserve? It’s a given that you get the wages that you earn, but if you only get paid $2 an hour then you’re still not getting what you deserve.
Weil ultimately lost in a 53-47 decision with Senators Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) opposing the nominee on the Democrat side of the aisle.
Americans want a fair wage and an easy time making money. The country has taken a hit and it doesn’t seem to be easing up at the moment, but hopefully the future will be better; notably after the 2022 mid-term election.