U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as Assistant Attorney General of Justice Department's civil rights division Thomas Perez listens during a personnel announcement March 18, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. President Obama nominated Perez to succeed Hilda Solis as the next labor secretary.  - (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as Assistant Attorney General of Justice Department's civil rights division Thomas Perez listens during a personnel announcement March 18, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. President Obama nominated Perez to succeed Hilda Solis as the next labor secretary.

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez joins Diane to talk about President Barack Obama's agenda to reduce income inequality, increase the minimum wage and recruit big business to hire the long-term unemployed.

President Barack Obama said when nominating Thomas Perez as U.S. Labor Secretary that his career exemplified the American success story. The son of Dominican immigrants, Perez worked his way through Brown and Harvard Universities as a garbage collector and warehouse worker. He’s served as a federal prosecutor, Maryland labor secretary and an assistant attorney general at the U.S. Justice Department. Because of his record at the Justice Department, Perez is considered one of the most aggressive civil rights advocates to head the Labor Department -– one whose confirmation vote was the closest of any of Obama’s second-term cabinet nominees. Join Diane for her conversation with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

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Thomas Perez

secretary, U.S. Department of Labor.

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