WASHINGTON, DC – At a special ceremony today at the U.S. Department of Labor, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta inducted President Ronald Reagan into the Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor, which was established in 1988 to honor Americans whose distinctive contributions have elevated working conditions, wages, and overall quality of life for American families.
As President of the Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan remains the only President of the United States to have led a major union. As President of the United States, he returned a sense of economic optimism to our nation that resulted in the creation of millions of jobs for the American people. Additionally, President Reagan’s support for Solidarity in Poland prompted a flourishing of freedom that ultimately led to the collapse of communism.
“From humble roots, to Hollywood, to Sacramento, to Washington, President Ronald Reagan left a lasting impact on America,” said Secretary Acosta. “President Reagan was deeply committed to the ‘heroes’ of the American workforce. He will be remembered in our nation, across the globe, and throughout history for his unwavering commitment to the fight for liberty. I am proud that President Reagan’s signature will remain honored and cherished from this day forward in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor.”
Secretary Acosta was joined at the induction ceremony by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and several senior members of President Reagan’s administration, including former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, former Secretary of Labor William E. Brock III, and Theodore B. Olson, who served as Assistant Attorney General under President Reagan and who is a current member of the Board of Trustees for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.
Secretary Acosta was also joined by Edward D. Mullins, President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York City, which requested President Reagan’s nomination for induction into the Hall of Honor. The Sergeants Benevolent Association is comprised of approximately 13,000 active and retired sergeants of the New York City Police Department.