On Friday, Donald Trump’s former Labor Secretary was forced to resign after it was reported that he offered child rapist and trafficker Jeffrey Epstein a “sweetheart” plea deal that landed him in a county jail for 15 months with privileges.
Trump also announced his new Labor Secretary on Friday and it’s not a surprise that he would choose a person with a background that is anything but qualified.
Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella will now become Acting Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella.
“He’s a good man, highly recommended by Alex,” Trump said of Pizzella Friday.
So who is Patrick Pizzella? A new report revealed that Trump’s new Labor Secretary has a history of lobbying for sweatshops and advocating to advance an economy of “indentured workers,” according to Mother Jones.
In August of 2017, Mother Jones reported: “Trump’s Pick to Run the Labor Department Promoted Sweatshops on Remote US Islands.”
It’s a lengthy exposé, but Mother Jones makes clear what Pizzella was doing.
“Patrick Pizzella worked with Jack Abramoff to organize congressional junkets” and “helped lead a public relations campaign to rebrand the islands as a paragon of free-market principles. Between 1996 and 2000, emails and billing records reviewed by Mother Jonesshow that Pizzella and colleagues organized all-expenses-paid trips to the islands for more than 100 members of Congress, their staffers, and conservative thought leaders. When they got back, Pizzella helped them convince colleagues that the Northern Mariana Islands were, as his old boss Abramoff liked to put it, a ‘laboratory of liberty.’ ”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in 2017 released a letter opposing Pizzella as Deputy Labor Secretary.
“Pizzella worked closely with Jack Abramoff to lobby for policies on the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands that essentially allowed for unchecked slave labor to be performed with the imprimatur of the ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ label on goods and clothing.”