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A Labor Camp at the Department of Labor

By on 2.6.14 | 3:21PM

Department of Labor employees have compiled a list of grievances for newly appointed Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. Whether or not he cares is another story altogether.

The Daily Caller obtained a DoL internal “assessment," which includes complaints about the department's hiring discrimination against minorities and disabled persons, staffing their Civil Rights Center with legal novices, Secretary Solis playing hooky and missing the Disability Advisory council meetings, advancing people with degrees who lack experience instead of experienced workers who lack degrees, and performance appraisals based on personality rather than productivity.

Apparently the Department of Labor is the nineteenth most satisfied agency out of 20—strange that the agency whose mission is “To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights” has such a long list of assorted complaints.

How can they effectively accomplish their mission for every other American worker if they can’t even find satisfaction in their own cubicles?

Unfortunately, Perez himself seems to support discrimination—just in the opposite direction. His racial biases have been reported before; the New York Fire Department claimed Perez’s interference led to the refusal of qualified applicants on the basis of race.

Nor is it the first time he utilized improper hiring practices:

Reported the Times: “During the first two Obama years [at Perez's DOJ Civil Rights Divsion], none of the new hires listed conservative organizations, while more than 60 percent had liberal credentials.”

Working for Perez time and time again proves to be disastrous. Quin Hillyer warned us before and the Department of Labor should be warned again:

To stand against Perez is not to create a racial issue or an ethnic one, but to insist that race not be inserted into disputes where it doesn’t belong -- and to insist that somebody, like Perez, who racializes just about everything is somebody who does not belong in a Cabinet post.

He especially doesn’t belong there if he is a prevaricating, subpoena-evading, law-violating, public-safety-ignoring, religious-liberty-limiting, ethically challenged nominee who uses his post to bully others into submission.

Then again, maybe that makes him Obama's perfect cabinet secretary.

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