New labor secretary hopes to raise minimum wage, protect collective-bargaining rights

Raising the federal minimum wage and protecting collective-bargaining rights of workers are among the priorities of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, according to his speech at the AFL-CIO quadrennial conference. He also plans to target employers that wrongly misclassify workers as independent contractors. The speech has raised concerns among business groups, which say increasing the minimum wage would affect employers with tight profit margins, such as small businesses.

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