A great pick for the Labor Department today — a very strong advocate working men and women:
Labor unions scored a victory today when the President Barack Obama named a top labor advocate to serve in a key position in the Labor Department.
Mary Beth Maxwell will join the administration as senior adviser after serving for years as the executive director of the labor coalition American Rights at Work. In the administration, Maxwell will work with the White House Task Force on Middle Class and Working Families, a group that is working to improve the lives and jobs of workers.
For the rainbow cabinet of the nation’s first African American president, Mary Beth Maxwell is the perfect labor secretary you’ve probably never heard of: a gay woman, community organizer and labor leader with an adopted African American son. And this founding executive director of American Rights at Work is about to get the full-court press.
She’s the perfect adviser to the labor secretary now, too.