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.”
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.”
As per the letter sent from the CHC Chair to the HELP Committee on the day of Tom Perez’s hearing, “we urge you to immediately confirm Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor. He is eminently qualified and there is no doubt that under his watch, every American worker’s civil and constitutional rights will be protected – no matter their race, sex, disability, religion, familial status or national origin.”
The Japane se American Citizens League sent a letter to the HELP Committee on the day of the Tom Perez hearing to urge its members to confirm Perez, stating “Tom Perez has demonstrated that he has the ability and experience to lead the U.S. Department of Labor in its mission to promote, protect, and grow the American middle-class, and to help all Americans obtain and retain decent jobs with a livable wage.”
From the Mother Jones article by Adam Serwer, “Not Every Republican Hates Obama’s Progressive Labor Secretary Nominee”
Thomas Perez, the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division and President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Labor, is getting some support from unexpected corners: Republicans, particularly in his home state of Maryland.
…”He’s just a trustworthy guy,” says John Kane, a former chair of the Maryland GOP. “If I had to put a trust together to manage my affairs after I was gone, Tom would be one of the top three guys I would pick to do that, even though I disagree with him more than half the time.”
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. ”
The National Women’s Law Center recently came out in support of President Obama’s nomination of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor.
In a statement, the organization’s Co-President Nancy Duff Campbell said “Tom Perez’s twenty-year career in public service demonstrates a commitment to civil rights and to enforcing core legal protections upon which women, and all Americans, rely.”
NWLC’s other Co-President, Marcia Greenberger shared how important the Labor Department is to women’s issues in America, saying that “it enforces the federal guarantee that workers can take job-protected family and medical leave, wage and hour protections that protect workers from exploitation and abuse, and rules requiring federal contractors to advance equal opportunity in their workforces, among other crucial protections.”
“For a party that is trying to overcome racially insensitive comments and engage the Hispanic community, I would suggest not smearing a highly qualified Latino cabinet nominee. While Republicans are blocking a skilled public servant only for their own partisan purposes, real problems concerning the rights of our workforce and the quality of life for our working families are still awaiting solutions.”
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15)
John Dunne, who was appointed by George H.W. Bush to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 1990-1993, wrote a letter to Senators Thomas Harkin and Lamar Alexander urging them to support Thomas Perez.
“I write as an appointee by former President George H.W. Bush to the United States Department of Justice in support of Thomas Perez who has been nominated by President Obama to serve as Secretary of Labor and urge your favorable consideration of his candidacy.”