January 13, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the American Accountability Foundation (AAF) called on the U.S. Senate to oppose Dr. David Weil’s nomination to serve as the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor.
“Throughout his career, Dr. Weil has repeatedly failed the American people and economy,” Tom Jones, AAF Founder said. “At a time when American families are struggling with inflation, shortages and burdensome regulations, the last thing they need is an Administrator who will put his radical viewpoints and self-interest ahead of the needs of the economy.”
As Republican Senators pointed out in the hearing, Weil was responsible for anti-growth and anti-innovation policies which stifled the American economy under the Obama administration. Through new restrictions, regulations and “joint employer” standards, he neglected small businesses, franchise companies and the gig economy. Weil also put his radical political agenda ahead of the needs of the American people by sanctioning gas companies, and will likely continue this trend again.
There are a wide range of other issues with Weil’s ethics and previous career. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today noted concerns over Weil’s work with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to block the disclosure of records about his work on a lawsuit against Uber and Lyft. Despite several requests from Congress for transparency on these records, Weil has refused to comply.
As highlighted in AAF’s research, Weil’s previous role as an employee of a labor union brings his impartiality into question. AAF uncovered records which show Weil received tens of thousands of dollars in handouts from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and other unions for speaking.
While Weil is best known for his activism on increasing the minimum wage, he failed to pay his own workers $15 per hour during his employment at Brandeis University. Further, the university did not even have a collective bargaining agreement in place with the union representing its graduate students.
Even outside of his hypocritical labor policy at Brandeis, Weil also used his position to force a radical left-wing agenda on the students through pushing a radical Critical Race Theory agenda. Weil was part of the team that forced students to read Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s work, who is a radical leftist critical of the police and white people. Weil also used his position to force students to read other racist works, like the New York Times’ “1619 Project” and “In Defense of Looting.”
Prior to his employment with Brandeis University, Weil also made radical comments on the environment and lectured the American people on the need to retrofit their homes to satisfy outrageous energy efficiency standards. However, when renovating his own million-dollar home in Belmont, Massachusetts, Weil failed to lead by example and make the same updates he tried to force on middle class Americans.