Johns Hopkins and Health System strongly advocates the nomination of Perez as the new Labor Secretary, recognizing Perez’s successes as Maryland’s Secretary of Labor in addressing the need for more qualified workers in a variety of industries, including health care and information technology.
“He ensured that workforce development efforts were inclusive of all Marylanders, and fit the needs of both workers and businesses – whether it was re-training ex-offenders transitioning out of jail and into a new life; helping qualified foreign-born nurses get licensed so they could help meet immediate hospital needs; or strengthening Science Technology, Engineering and Math education for workers in Maryland’s high tech sector,” said Ronald R. Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.
William G. Robertson, president and CEO of the Adventist HealthCare of Rockville, MD, delineates Perez’s achievements during his service as Maryland’s Labor Secretary, which expanded opportunities for workers of all backgrounds and boosted the goals of business and other stakeholders to ultimately improve Maryland’s economy as a whole.
“With his experience, we know he can make a substantial impact on ensuring that our nation’s workforce is well trained, highly skilled and second to none in the world. We look forward to his confirmation, and to the leadership he will bring to this effort in Washington, D.C,” said Robertson.
MBRT trusts that Perez will appropriately represent the small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses, who are vulnerable to neglect by the government and to violations of their constitutional rights.
“With contracting dollars going down this year and the federal government not meeting its 23% small business goals year after year, Tom Perez has an opportunity to be a strong advocate on business growth, while balancing protection of worker rights as he did when he served as Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.”
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) looks forward to the confirmation of Perez as the new Secretary of Labor and his continued consensus building between various parties of interest, such as labor and business as well as Republicans and Democrats.
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Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR, one of the thirty organizations of NHLA stated, “Throughout Tom’s remarkable career no one has been a stronger champion of working families, including the millions of Hispanic families he has directly helped through his work. We believe that his considerable talent, experience and expertise coupled with his commitment and compassion will make him an exceptional Labor Secretary.
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) expresses enthusiasm and support for Perez on his nomination as the new Secretary of Labor, a well-deserving step up in his public service and representation of the legal community.
“The HNBA salutes Thomas Perez as he reaches a new height in his legal career,” said HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. “His years of dedicated, productive service have set a high standard in the legal profession. As the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, his parents taught him the importance of education, hard work and public service.”
LULAC agrees that Perez will uphold the duties of Labor Secretary to represent the labor community in all issues and continue the fight against civil rights violations.
“LULAC has worked closely with the civil rights office and knows the caliber of person that the President has tapped as his next Secretary of Labor,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “Both Mr. Perez’s professional background, which includes a diverse knowledge for the different branches of government, and his passionate work on behalf of the oppressed, make him the most qualified person to serve as Secretary of Labor.”
NALEO credits P
erez for handling issues confronting the labor community, ensuring their civil rights and achieving consensus between various stakeholders in the workplace. Under his leadership, the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department made voting rights cases a priority in 2012.
“As a lifelong public official, Mr. Perez has amassed an impressive history safeguarding workers, fostering economic development and cultivating a thriving workforce in the state of Maryland and nationwide.”
The U.S. League of Dominican-American Elected Officials sees the nomination of Perez as Secretary of Labor as an opportunity to expand his influence on immigration reform and workforce development, as well as protecting voting rights for all Americans.
“This nomination marks a historic moment for Dominican Americans who have made this country their home,” said New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. “I commend president Obama for nominating a fighter for human rights and social justice to this important post. I hope to see Thomas Perez furthering the progress made on immigrant workers’ rights and pushing strong on increasing the national minimum wage.”
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hy Secretary of Labor in Perez given his comprehensive dedication to workers’ rights, from health and safety to wages.
“Whether the issue was civil rights, immigration, education, health and safety, wages, health care or veterans’ affairs, Mr. Perez has been on the side of working people every step of the way throughout his career,” International President Leo W. Gerard said in USW’s statement of approval.
e UAW acknowledged Perez for his civil rights victories, especially concerning discrimination at the voting polls against targeted minorities and the poor.
His own personal “American immigration success story” will “help him address the issues as secretary of labor. The son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Perez helped put himself through college by working as a trash collector and in a warehouse. He knows what it means to work hard to get ahead.”