ECHAVESTE APPOINTMENT IS CONFIRMED
WASHINGTON — President Clinton has announced the appointment of Maria Echaveste, a key figure in the Labor Department’s anti-sweatshop crusade, as the White House’s director of public liaison.
As Wage and Hour administrator, Echaveste was a relentless enforcer of the anti-sweatshop agenda set by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Most notably, this agenda has involved pressing retailers and apparel manufacturers to take responsibility for the conditions at apparel contractors with whom they do business.
The appointment confirms reports printed in these columns last month. In this post, she will be the President’s chief representative to the business community.
She fills the spot left by Alexis Herman, nominated to succeed Reich as Labor Secretary. Herman’s confirmation has run into a delay, however, with Republican Senate leadership questioning her connection to fund-raising coffee klatches at the White House.