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  Union Activist Mary Beth Maxwell on List for Labor Secretary
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ContributorBob Sacamano 
Last EditedBob Sacamano  Dec 02, 2008 07:19pm
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News DateTuesday, December 2, 2008 03:55:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFor the rainbow cabinet of the nation's first African American president, Mary Beth Maxwell is the perfect labor secretary you've probably never heard of: a gay woman, community organizer and labor leader with an adopted African American son. And this founding executive director of American Rights at Work is about to get the full-court press.

Maxwell already had the strong backing of former Rep. David Bonior, who despite repeated attempts to get his name removed from consideration continues to be on the short list of potential labor secretaries. Bonior, 63 years old, says it is time for his generation to turn over power to a new generation, and Maxwell, whose labor-backed organization pushes for expanded collective bargaining rights, is his pick.
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