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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez gave a powerful speech on Tuesday night to a coalition of community members who want to bring diversity to the Western New York workforce.


Federal Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will be in Buffalo Tuesday, speaking to a meeting on job training and minority job placement in Bennett High School. The local native is being spoken about as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton.

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is calling on the House of Representatives to vote this week on legislation that would extend benefits to the long-term unemployed.

President Obama has called for an executive order to raise the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts.  The wage would rise from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.  In an exclusive WBFO News interview with Eileen Buckley,  U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez  talked about the wage increase and jobs. 

Buffalo native confirmed as Labor Secretary

Jul 18, 2013

Despite tough opposition, a Buffalo native has been named to serve as the next Secretary of Labor. The senate voted 54-to 46 today confirming Thomas Perez after a four month-long fight over President Obama's nominee.

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Despite a partisan divide, Buffalo native Thomas Perez was endorsed by a Senate committee today to head the Labor Department.

Obama nominates Buffalo native to be labor secretary

Mar 18, 2013

President Barack Obama has chosen Buffalo native Thomas E. Perez, a top Justice Department official, to be the next secretary of labor, calling him a consensus builder whose ``story reminds us of this country's promise.''