Target: Susan Collins, Maine Republican U.S. Senator
Goal: Support the confirmation of Thomas Perez, a civil rights fighter, as U.S. Secretary of Labor
Thomas Perez, a long-time civil rights supporter, has recently been nominated by President Obama for Secretary of Labor. If confirmed, he would undoubtedly become a powerful voice for justice in workers’ rights, but his nomination is facing harsh scrutiny from republican senators – who’s votes he will need in order to be elected. Prevail upon progressive republican senator Susan Collins to support Perez in the upcoming vote.
Perez has headed the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department since 2009, and previously served numerous other offices concerning labor and civil rights. With a decorated history of civil rights victories under his belt, he has proven himself to be an honest politician fighting for the rights of the working class.
Serving on the Montgomery City Council in 2005, Perez worked tirelessly to ensure living wages for downtrodden workers unprotected by labor law. He pushed for and attained a minimum wage that previously did not exist for such workers, and still does not exist in most of the United States. During his time at the Justice Department, Perez cracked down on crooked employers using a loophole in immigration law to avoid paying immigrant workers. His words to the offenders were, “We’re here. We will prosecute you. That is impermissible, period.” These are only a few examples of the kind of work this politician is interested in doing, and as Secretary of Labor, he would have enormous potential to raise minimum wage and reform immigration laws.
Despite Perez’s qualifications and honest bearing, influential Senate Republicans have spoken out against his nomination. Many of them believe Perez is too aggressive on immigration reform, and Republican Senator David Vitter at one point vowed to block Perez’s nomination entirely. While republican concerns about our economy’s health and government spending on wages are entirely legitimate, they should not prevent our country from providing a good quality of life to its workers and immigrants.
Susan Collins is a progressive Republican, having opposed her party on numerous occasions. If she can be convinced to vote for Perez, so could other Republican Senators. Support fair wages and humanitarian immigration policy. Sign this petition and urge Susan Collins to vote Perez for Secretary of Labor.
Dear Senator Susan Collins,
The United States Senate will soon be voting on Thomas Perez’s confirmation as Secretary of Labor. His decorated experience working in law, labor departments, and multiple levels of government make him an excellent candidate, but many Republicans have already opposed his nomination.
Perez’s work on several Department of Justice cases is being intensely scrutinized and used to discredit his career. However, there was nothing uncommon to the legal sphere in his conduct during these instances, and the bearing of these cases on his candidacy for Secretary of Labor is quite limited. Perez is an honest politician motivated to fight for the rights of the working man, and for this our country is in dire need.
If confirmed, Perez would not only be a powerful voice for domestic and migrant workers’ rights, but a grounded and caring leader in a country where this is becoming increasingly rare. How will America’s economy recover if its low-level workers are not offered wages with which they can educate themselves and their children to become job providers? To become people with money and ideas to put back into the economy? The United States needs government that will help its people build up their nation. It needs bold and conscientious leadership. It needs people like Perez. I urge you to support Perez in the upcoming vote for Secretary of Labor.
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