Washington, D.C. -- The Communications Workers of America commends the Senate for its confirmation of Tom Perez to head the U.S. Department of Labor. This exceptional nominee was forced to wait far too long for the Senate to act but CWA is encouraged that some nominations now are moving forward.
Perez is a strong advocate for working Americans and will ensure that job safety and health, wage and hour provisions and other safeguards for workers are enforced. Working families, through no fault of their own, were hit hard by the economic crisis, and millions of workers still face a tough road as they look for work or to improve their economic standing. Perez will not only safeguard workers’ rights but he will push for greater opportunity in the workplace and economic justice for all.
Throughout his career in public service, whether at the U.S. Department of Justice or Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Perez has focused on protecting Americans from discrimination in the workplace, in the voting booth and in their dealings with financial institutions.
As chair of the board of CASA de Maryland, a key CWA ally in the fight for democracy and economic justice, he worked to expand opportunity for all.
That is the Secretary of Labor that working Americans deserve.