by Pamela Young, Published June 01, 2009
YPSILANTI — U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers Dr. Ed Montgomery will visit Michigan’s 15th Congressional District next Tuesday, June 2, 2009, for a series of meetings with Congressman John D. Dingell, Governor Jennifer Granholm, local elected leaders, educators and union officials. The Secretary and Dr. Montgomery are coming to Michigan at the request of Congressman Dingell and Governor Granholm to talk with Michiganders about the future of the American automotive industry as well as worker retraining programs and green job opportunities.
Secretary Solis and Dr. Montgomery will first join Congressman Dingell, Governor Granholm and Lt. Governor John Cherry, Jr. at GM Romulus Engine Operations where they will be hosted by GM and UAW leaders for a tour of the facility that produces V-6 and V-8 engines that power GM full-size SUVs and pickups. Before and after the tour, there will be brief media availabilities.
After visiting GM Romulus Engine, Congressman Dingell will travel to Eastern Michigan University with Secretary Solis and Dr. Montgomery where they will host a roundtable discussion on worker retraining with local students, workers, professors, elected officials and union leaders.
“Secretary Solis and Dr. Montgomery will get a good chance to see how many talented, wonderful people there are working in southeast Michigan,” said Congressman Dingell. “Secretary Solis and Dr. Montgomery are here to see what can be done to help the people working on our assembly lines and in our factories. Their jobs are about helping people and knowing both them, I can tell you they are extremely good at it.”
Secretary Solis is the 25th United States Secretary of Labor. She previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009 representing California's 32nd Congressional District. During part of her tenure as a member of Congress, Secretary Solis served on the Committee on Energy & Commerce with Congressman Dingell.
Dr. Montgomery is the first Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers and serves as a member of the Presidential Auto Task Force. He previously served as Dean of the University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Clinton Administration. Dr. Montgomery also spent four years in the economics department at Michigan State University from 1986-1990.