Information in support of Tom Perez's nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Labor
Tom's Work On:
Under Perez’s leadership, the Department of Justice enforced the law to ensure that all individuals have equal access to employment opportunities. Perez also led the Division in establishing and strengthening partnerships to combat pay discrimination and other forms of employment discrimination. This includes the establishment of a pilot program to work with EEOC field offices earlier in investigations to ensure the most efficient and effective application of each agency’s resources.
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. ”
“Mr. Perez recognized the important role that community colleges play in the education of our
state’s workforce, and was a tremendous partner at a time of rising unemployment and increased need for community college services. At this time of great transformation for our nation’s workforce, his vision will serve workers, employers and our nation well.”
-Dr. Guy Altieri, chair of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents and president of Hagerstown Community College