Photo Gallery: US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez Day 1
(July 23, 2013)
Shortly after being sworn in as the nation's 26th Secretary of Labor, Secretary Perez attends his first meeting of the day: the "huddle," is an early-morning meeting of the department's agency heads and top staff.
Staff Director Ana Ma hands over the keys to the secretary's office.
Secretary Perez talks safety issues with Joe Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. Last year (2012) saw the fewest overall miner fatalities and injuries.
Women's Bureau acting Director Latifa Lyles greets Secretary Perez on his first day.
Secretary Perez confers with his chief of staff, Matthew Colangelo, during a meeting.
They play hard while their parents work hard: The children of employees eagerly show off their craft projects to the new secretary at the department's Esther Peterson Child Development Center.
On his tour of department headquarters, Secretary Perez takes in a lobby display on the history of Labor Day. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in 1882, well before the department's creation in 1913.
Secretary Perez pauses to reflect on the legacy of labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, for whom the Labor Department's auditorium is named.
Secretary Perez examines artifacts from the tenure of Secretary Frances Perkins, the first female Cabinet member. Perkins was instrumental in the passage of a number of major laws that still protect workers today, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established the minimum wage and overtime, and the Social Security Act.
Are you new, too? Secretary Perez meets Nathaniel Waugh, a new employee in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. In the middle is Antonio Strong, a new employee in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.