An unprecedented collection of businesses, diverse civil rights groups, disability organizations, Latino organizations, law enforcement officials, and many more are coming out in support of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Labor.
That’s because Perez is not only eminently qualified for the role, he has also demonstrated throughout his career his ability to be a pragmatic consensus builder with a track record of making government work.
Due to Perez’s consistent support for working families and employment opportunities, Teamsters endorses President Obama’s nomination of Perez as the new Secretary of Labor.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa shed light on Perez’s personal connections to labor issues and responded favorably to his work thus far saying, “We look forward to the confirmation of Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary so he can get to work on continuing to strengthen our middle class and restoring balance to an economy that favors excessive profits over workplace fairness.”
NCAPA, a voice for 30 national Asian Pacific American organizations, detailed in a recent press release reasons for its support of Perez as the new Secretary of Labor. Reasons include his perennial activism for issues, such as voter protection, educational equity, and employment discrimination.
Lisa Hasegawa, executive director of National CAPACD (Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development) says, “Over the years, we have worked closely with Mr. Perez to address language access, fair lending and employment discrimination issues in AAPI communities as a part of ensuring equal opportunities for all Americans. We ask the Senate to confirm Mr. Perez without delay.”
LIUNA issued a statement following President Obama’s nomination of Tom Perez as Labor Secretary, applauding his work on behalf of labor in all sectors of society.
Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA, calls Perez a “fearless distinguished advocate for the rights and advancement of all working Americans, whether blue, pink or white collar and whether aspiring citizens, veterans, students or retirees.”
The National Action Network (NAN) released a statement of approval of Perez as the new Secretary of Labor because of his persistent advocacy for African American, Latino, and middle-class issues, especially in areas of unemployment and employment discrimination.
Rev. Al Sharpton spoke on behalf of NAN by saying, “though we were not always in agreement with the final judgment by the Justice Department, we can clearly say that the attention, sensitivity, and professionalism demonstrated by Mr. Perez and his team for all Americans in the past has been notable.”
The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) recognizes Perez for his longstanding support of the Asian American community, even before his role as the Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Mee Moua, President and Executive Director of the AAJC, stated that ”Tom Perez will be an outstanding secretary of Labor, and we expect that he will be a powerful leader concerned about the well-being of Asian American workers, employers, and business owners as he carries out his duties.”
The Republican two-term statewide elected official said that “looking at Perez’s record, I am thoroughly impressed, not just by his impressive accomplishments but also by the sincerity and honesty of his approach. While I may not agree with every decision he’s made, I know that he always did what he believed would best serve the public. From having worked with Perez, I’m confident he will bring that same approach to the Department of Labor. The Senate would be right to confirm Perez without undue delay.”
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has scheduled a vote on the confirmation of Tom Perez for May 8. The vote will take place during the committee’s executive session at 10 a.m. in Room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Perez testified before the committee on April 18
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From the letter, “I want to see people like my daughter Katie, people who might have a disability but want to live and work in the community, get an opportunity to pursue the American dream. That’s why I am supporting Perez’s confirmation to be the next Secretary of Labor, and that is why I am urging Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin of Iowa to swiftly approve his nomination.”
Former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-OK) published an op ed in Politico urging the Senate to confirm Perez. An excerpt is below,
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“If Perez had b
een a member of Congress during my years as a member of the House Republican leadership, it’s almost certain that we would have disagreed on a number of important issues. But I would have had confidence that Tom and I could sit down together, talk about our differences, and work to find ways to move forward together in the best interests of the country we both love. It wouldn’t always be a successful effort but it would always be an honest one.
It’s time for members of the Senate, Republican and Democrat alike, to stop engaging in knee-jerk hostility to anybody who carries the other party’s label: if a nominee for a Cabinet position is lacking in the ability to do the job or unwilling to consider divergent views, he or she might well merit a vote against confirmation. But that most assuredly is not the case with Tom Perez. He will enforce the nation’s labor laws with fairness and integrity and that’s exactly what we should want in the head of any government department. He understands what it takes to be an effective Labor Secretary, because he has done the job successfully at a state level.”
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda has continued its vigorous advocacy of Tom Perez’s confirmation to be the next Secretary of Labor. As per the letter, “we are confident that the experience and values Tom Perez will bring to the job will make him an effective Secretary of Labor dedicated to ensuring that all Americans continue to rise out of our recent economic crisis through access to quality jobs and a safe workplace.”