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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.”
The AFL-CIO recognizes Perez’s record of advocacy work on behalf of working families, immigrants, and others vulnerable to discrimination in housing, employment, voting, and at the workplace.
“At a time when our politics tilts so heavily toward corporations and the very wealthy, our country needs leaders like Tom Perez to champion the cause of ordinary working people. And working families need and deserve a strong advocate as their Secretary of Labor,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
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
. You can watch the hearing