Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta recently stepped down from the position, and President Trump has named Eugene Scalia as his replacement nominee. Mr. Scalia was previously a lawyer in the Labor Department during George W. Bush’s administration. Mr. Scalia is also the son of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Should he be confirmed, Mr. Scalia is expected to be pro-business and unfriendly to unions and workers’ rights issues. Since leaving Bush’s administration in 2003, he has represented very large corporations in labor and employment matters. He is also known to dispute the link between a worker’s repetitive motions and physical injury, believing the idea to be something labor unions came up with to give employees more rest and slow the pace of work so that more union members will have to be hired.