Archive for July, 2010

NFL Running Back Delivers Strong Mine Safety Message

Filed in Safety by on July 30, 2010 2 Comments
NFL Running Back Delivers Strong Mine Safety Message

Thomas Jones made headlines last year as a New York Jets running back. These days, he’s wearing a Kansas City Chiefs jersey and, before heading for the heartland and the rigors of training camp, Jones visited the Labor Department to tape a series of public service announcements for the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s “Stay […]

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A Common Sense Approach to Cranes, Derricks and the Safety of America’s Construction Workers

Filed in Safety by on July 29, 2010 0 Comments
A Common Sense Approach to Cranes, Derricks and the Safety of America’s Construction Workers

Each year, close to 100 workers are killed, and hundreds more are injured in workplace incidents involving cranes and derricks in construction. These incidents and their catastrophic impact on the lives of workers and families in America are preventable. For the first time in nearly forty years, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and […]

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DOL Working For You: EBSA Advisor Uncovers Millions in Unpaid Bills

Filed in Workplace Rights by on July 28, 2010 0 Comments
DOL Working For You: EBSA Advisor Uncovers Millions in Unpaid Bills

When one man’s dental and medical bills continually went unpaid, benefits advisor Cindy Saba of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) dug deeper into his case. The results of her sleuthing lead to the eventual recovery of more than $2 million in claims for 239 individuals. They all worked for an Illinois lumber and supply […]

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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

20 years ago today, the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transformed our nation’s disability policy and made a strong statement about the value of diversity and inclusion. In the years that have passed this landmark legislation has fundamentally altered the landscape of employment, government services, businesses, public areas, transportation and many other […]

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Doing Right by Those Hit Hardest by the Recession

Filed in Workforce Development by on July 22, 2010 14 Comments
Doing Right by Those Hit Hardest by the Recession

A Washington newspaper recently commissioned a survey that showed that Washington insiders are experiencing the effects of the recession far differently than regular people throughout the country.  They found that relatively few Washington insiders have been affected by the recession, while the vast majority of Americans have felt the pain caused by the historic economic […]

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DOL Speaks Out on Child Labor

Filed in Child Labor, Safety, Workplace Rights by on July 20, 2010 2 Comments

Last night, DOL’s Carl Fillichio appeared on Dateline NBC as part of a feature story called America Now: Children of the Harvest. In the clip below, Fillichio discusses the complexities and loopholes of current child labor laws as they relate to agriculture, as well as DOL’s efforts to increase enforcement of child labor protections. As part of this commitment, the Wage and […]

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California Nurse Succeeds Thanks to WIA, Recovery Funding

Filed in Workforce Development by on July 19, 2010 0 Comments
California Nurse Succeeds Thanks to WIA, Recovery Funding

When she visited Sacramento, California’s American River College in February, Secretary Solis met students whose lives were enriched by funding from both the Workforce Investment and Recovery Acts. One such student was Rhonda Gage, 53, who yearned to become a registered nurse after serving eleven years as a medical assistant. With DOL funded schooling, Gage […]

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Focus on Workplace Safety

Filed in Safety by on July 16, 2010 3 Comments

Each year across America, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job. Another four million are injured, and thousands more will subsequently become ill or die from present day occupational exposures. Recent tragedies—like the explosions at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia and aboard the Deepwater Horizon off the Gulf Coast—make that […]

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DOL Working For You: Job Corps Grad Aids Oil Spill Cleanup Effort

Filed in Workforce Development by on July 12, 2010 1 Comment
DOL Working For You: Job Corps Grad Aids Oil Spill Cleanup Effort

Only a few weeks removed from his Edison, New Jersey, Job Corps graduation, Guiseppe Cage has been thrust into the front lines of the Gulf coast oil spill cleanup effort. Armed with certificates in nursing, emergency training and first responder skills, Cage, who is 23, was hired by American Medical Response, a large medical transportation […]

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Going Green in Denver

Going Green in Denver

If you want to get a glimpse of the future, talk to Riki Escamilla. This super-energetic Denver woman has big dreams for a “prosperous future for me, and my family.” I have no doubt she’ll get there. Riki is participating in the Denver Green Jobs Initiative, a terrific program that provides free green jobs training […]

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