As per the organization’s letter to the Senate HELP Committee, “the next Secretary of Labor will play a critical role in addressing the high rate of unemployment and low rate of participation in the labor market that people with disabilities currently face.”
A coalition of 82 national organizations representing the broad diversity of our country recently called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Tom Perez to be Labor Secretary.
In their joint letter to the Senate, the groups point to Perez’s leadership of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice as a key factor in their endorsement, stating that “Mr. Perez helped build consensus with stakeholders to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society….He has also been a tireless champion of voting rights, disability rights, equal educational equity, and has prosecuted some of the most heinous hate crimes in recent memory. ”
Over 50 organizations representing people with varying disabilities have launched a coalition to support Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez’s confirmation to be Secretary of Labor.
in their own words, the disability groups have become among the most active supporters of a Perez confirmation because “in the twenty three years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a top priority of the disability rights movement has been making sure that the law is properly enforced. In that time, few have played a greater role in advancing that cause than Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez. During his time leading the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Mr. Perez has earned his reputation as an extraordinary champion of people with disabilities by enforcing the law to ensure that every American has an equal opportunity to succeed.”
The full coalition list below. Go to