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Interview: Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris

Seth Harris was nominated to be the Deputy Secretary of Labor on February 23, 2009. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Harris served as a Professor of Law at New York Law School and Director of its Labor & Employment Law Programs. While teaching at the New York Law School, Mr. Harris was also a Senior Fellow at the Life Without Limits Project of the United Cerebral Palsy Association and a member of the National Advisory Commission on Workplace Flexibility.

Prior to his work at the New York Law School, Mr. Harris served for seven years at the Department of Labor during the Clinton Administration, spanning the tenures of Secretaries Robert Reich and Alexis Herman. During this time, Mr. Harris served as Counselor to the Secretary of Labor and as Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy, among other policy-advising positions.

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  • Sandy Zucker

    Re: Seth Harris, Department of Labor Acting Secretary’s interview:
    Not sure where these Federal Funds to support the Community Colleges are going. Here in Texas, all instructors who are part-time (who, in some Community Colleges, can make up as much as 80% of the Faculty staff) are essentially being forced to take a 25% pay cut this coming semester through a reduction in allowed work hours. These are the same people that already work for half the salary of full-time Faculty, receive no benefits, and are prohibited from working more than a specific number of hours. What level of training (including in the STEM fields) can be expected from faculty that are being counted on to “bring jobs back to the US”, but are not getting the necessary support?