Su, currently deputy secretary of labor, would replace Marty Walsh, who left the post in March to become the head of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said in mid-March that Su “has a troubling record and is currently overseeing the Department of Labor’s development of anti-worker regulations that will dismantle the gig economy. This does not inspire confidence in her ability to hold her current position, let alone be promoted.”
Cassidy previously voted against her nomination as deputy secretary.
As the former head of California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Su led “the implementation of AB 5 that removed the flexibility of individuals to work as independent contractors,” Cassidy noted.
“AB 5 is so flawed, that California voters supported Prop 22 by a vote of nearly 59% to provide an exemption for rideshare drivers. A legal challenge to Prop 22 currently awaits a court opinion in California,” Cassidy added.
“If finalized,” Cassidy opined, “the new regulation would make it difficult for individuals who wish to keep flexibility in how, when and where they choose to work.”