March 18, 2013

Statement on Nomination of Tom Perez for U.S. Secretary of Labor

Ori Korin, (202) 822-2127 x126

Washington, D.C. – Following the White House’s announcement of the Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez as the nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs with Justice and American Rights at Work and co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, issued the following statement:

“We’re pleased that President Obama has nominated Tom Perez — a strong advocate for working Americans, particularly low-wage, and immigrant workers — to lead the Department of Labor. This choice sends a clear message that the administration is looking out for our nation’s most vulnerable workers. Given Perez’s serious credentials, we urge Congress to pursue a swift confirmation process so the agency can move forward with its agenda and implement critical policies, including the proposed rule extending minimum wage, overtime and other FLSA rights to the 2.5 million caregivers working without labor protections in the United States.

“We know Tom Perez will continue to stand up for working people, putting their interests at the top of the agenda. We look forward to working together to ensure that the basic rights and safeguards of labor law are extended to all workers in this country and modernized to reflect the rapidly shifting nature of work in America.”

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