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  • US labor secretary visits Rhode Island welders-in-training 
    Updated: May-13-16 4:07 pm

    EAST PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Using jobs-hungry Rhode Island as a testing ground for one of Democratic President Barack Obama's economic priorities, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez toured a labor union's apprenticeship program Friday to talk with aspiring plumbers and pipefitters hoping to lift themselves into middle-class careers.