excerpts from article just posted at The Hill:
The president also noted that as Secretary of Labor in the State of Maryland, Perez fought for increasing the minimum wage to a "living wage" an initiative that Obama championed in his most recent State of the Union address.
Perez's selection is expected to garner strong support from civil rights groups and organized labor, who have said they are ready for a fight if his nomination faces opposition from Republicans. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and NAACP president Ben Jealous were both in attendance at Monday's ceremony.
"At a time when our politics tilts so heavily toward corporations and the very wealthy, our country needs leaders like Tom Perez to champion the cause of ordinary working people," Trumka said in a statement.
“livable” for whom?