Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Wows the AFL-CIO 27th Constitutional Convention

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These are the Secretary of Labor’s prepared remarks. He apparently diverged in some instances from these prepared remarks in reaction to the very enthused response from the crowd at the convention.

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Good morning, brothers and sisters! What a great honor to be here with this extraordinary gathering of dedicated and powerful champions for working men and women.

Rich, thank you so much for your gracious introduction, your strong support and your tireless leadership. Your relentless efforts on so many fronts have made an enormous difference in the lives of so many people who are trying to climb the ladder of opportunity.

Arlene, I’m sorry I missed this convention’s tribute to you yesterday, but let me express my deep gratitude for your decades of activism in the trenches — you will be missed.

To Liz Shuler and everyone in this room . . . thank you for the energy you…

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