During a recent interview on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez talked about “remarkably promising labor-management partnerships across America.”
“I’ve been to New York City. I watched SEIU, 1199 working together with the health care industry to make sure that the workforce is trained and that they receive a fair wage,” Perez said. “There are many examples of partnerships where labor and management are recognizing we don’t fight yesterday’s battles; we need to tackle tomorrow’s challenges together.”
Perez also referenced a White House forum on labor and management partnerships, during the interview. 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund Director Sandi Vito attended the forum and got to spend some time with the secretary.
This is not the first time that he has given a shout out to acknowledge the work of the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds. During his swearing in ceremony, Perez said that he “saw a wonderful partnership between [1199SEIU] and healthcare employers to provide incredible opportunities in the healthcare sector for people to get access to living wage jobs.”