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National Consumers League applauds the Senate for confirming Tom Perez to head the U.S. Department of Labor

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July 18, 2013

For Immediate Release: July 18, 2013
Contact: Ben Klein, NCL Communications, (202) 835-3323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Washington, DC – The National Consumers League, the nations pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization with deep roots in the labor history of this country, praise the Senate’s confirmation of Tom Perez as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Perez has spent many years advocating for America’s working families.

As Secretary of Labor, Perez will serve the critically important role of overseeing the health and safety of workers through OSHA, encouraging cooperation between unions and management, promoting higher pay for the nation’s low-wage workers, and ensuring sufficient inspectors to monitor child labor practices. NCL recognizes the importance of having a strong presence at the head of the DOL. Previous labor secretaries, Robert Reich and Hilda Solis, were awarded NCL’s top honor, the Trumpeter Award. We fully expect that Perez will continue his work to protect workers’ rights and strive for greater opportunity in the workplace.

“We are very pleased that Tom Perez has been confirmed as head of the DOL,” said Sally Greenberg, NCL Executive Director. “Workers around this country can sleep better at night knowing that the Secretary of Labor is in their corner. We look forward to working closely with Mr. Perez to address protecting low-wage workers against wage theft abuses and preventing the exploitation of child labor.”

NCL commends the president for this distinguished appointment and extends our congratulations to Secretary Perez.

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