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To: President Barack Obama
Penny Pritzker is an anti-worker business mogul who should not be appointed to head the Commerce Department.
Why is this important?
Recent reports indicate that President Barack Obama has chosen Penny Pritzker as a finalist for an appointment to head the Department of Commerce. She is a long-time friend of the President as well as a billionaire, anti-worker business mogul from Chicago. The President received tremendous support during his re-election campaign from unions and working families and it is unacceptable for him to name an anti-worker businesswoman for this position.
As a member of the Hyatt Hotel chain board Penny Pritzker has refused to intercede on behalf of struggling workers. Last summer Chicago workers who organized a rally had the hotel’s heat lamps turned on during a mid-summer heatwave. Housekeepers have had their workloads nearly double without proper compensation. All the while Penny has remained silent.
She stood by as her family’s hotel chain received a companywide letter from OSHA that warned them of hazards facing housekeepers on the job.
Ms. Pritzker serves on the Chicago Public School’s Board of Education. In her role there she attempted to bust the union with her fellow board members by closing public schools and opening charter schools, mostly operated by the well-connected, that do not recognized the local union. She has stated that student merely need enough skills in reading, mathematics, and science to be productive members of the workforce. Forget the arts, gym, music, etc.
Her time in public service epitomizes the 1% versus 99%. As one of the wealthiest people in the country she wants our children to become members of the workforce instead of creative, engaged, and well-rounded citizens of the country that she seeks to serve as Commerce Secretary.
Mr. President, we are worth more than a Penny.
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