March 3, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Washington, DC – Though most – if not all – Union Leaders on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) supported the runner-up in the Committee Chair Race, they quickly fell into line once former U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez (pictured above/WNYLaborToday.com File Photo), a Buffalo native, won the job.
Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz tells WNYLaborToday.com that Perez’s background working on a multitude of Labor Issues while serving as Labor Secretary, including his personal involvement in helping end last year’s Strike at Verizon that involved the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), bodes well for Organized Labor.
“I’ve met him twice and he’s ‘very easy to talk to.’ He’s ‘paid attention to the issues’ of Labor and Working People and ‘he played a role in bringing the Verizon Strike to an end,’” Lipsitz told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper. “Speaking for myself, ‘it was also important for him to name’ (U.S. Representative) Keith Ellison as his co-chair, ‘which reflects party unity.’ His election ‘cannot hurt (Labor) at all.’ And with his Buffalo roots – growing up here, attending school and still having friends here, as chairman of the National Democratic Party ‘it is our hope he and the party will also pay attention to what is happening in Buffalo.’”
Perez, the candidate of most of the Democratic “establishment,” including 2016 Presidential Nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, narrowly defeated U.S. Representative Keith Ellison on the second ballot at the DNC meeting in Atlanta that took place over the weekend (on Saturday, February 25th).