Donald Trump might get lucky on his second try for a labor secretary.
His nominee Alexander Acosta — who stepped up to replace fast-food CEO Andy Puzder, who withdrew from contention the day before his Senate confirmation hearing — has received some early union support.
The International Association of Fire Fighters endorsed his nomination Thursday — just a few days after the Laborers’ International Union of North America did the same.
Both unions cited their history of working with Acosta in the past as a major factor in their endorsements.
The IAFF had an opportunity to work with Alexander Acosta on a number of issues … and we always found him to be fair, reasonable and accessible,” President Harold Schaitberger said in a statement Thursday.
He said the Miami-born Acosta — the son of Cuban exiles — was a “strong candidate.”
The IAFF will “voice its support” for Acosta during his Senate confirmation hearing, Schaitberger said.
IAFF’s endorsement followed that of LIUNA’s a few days earlier.
LIUNA president Terry O’Sullivan said his union was pleased with Trump’s second choice.
“The Department of Labor is essential to enforcing the laws that protect workers and retirees, from enforcing labor and apprenticeship standards to ensuring safety on the job and stopping wage theft,” O’Sullivan said.
“Mr. Acosta‘s fairness and respect for justice make him highly qualified to serve as the next Secretary of Labor,” he added.