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R. Alexander Acosta testifies before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions during his confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor. March 22, 2017. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Wednesday promoted apprenticeship programs as key to closing the skills gap to a friendly audience of the National Association of Manufacturers, the powerful trade group that participated in many lawsuits against the U.S. Labor Department during the Obama administration.

Erin Mulvaney

Erin Mulvaney covers labor and employment issues from the Swamp to Silicon Valley. She's a Texas native based in Washington, D.C. Contact her at emulvaney@alm.com. On Twitter: @erinmulvaney

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