Archive for August, 2010

Making Laws Count

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Making Laws Count

We are a nation of law. And on Labor Day, we should celebrate the laws that protect our nation’s workers and their families – their rights to a safe and healthy workplace, to be paid a minimum wage, and to properly-managed health and retirement accounts, to name just a few. But laws on the books […]

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OSHA at 40: New Challenges and New Directions

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OSHA at 40: New Challenges and New Directions

Forty years ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a seminal piece of legislation that has had a tremendous impact on the lives and safety of workers across the country. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was born and came of age protecting workers from death, injury and illness. In the four […]

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Keeping Faith In Labor

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Keeping Faith In Labor

Labor Day weekend is a time when faith communities and the labor movement celebrate their common bonds of equality, justice, dignity, and fair treatment for all workers. In fact, in 1909, the American Federation of Labor adopted the Sunday before Labor Day as “Labor Sunday” to honor the spirituality of the labor movement. As a […]

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Esprit de Corps

Filed in Labor Day 2010, Workplace Rights by on August 27, 2010 1 Comment
Esprit de Corps

This week, the Congressional Joint Economic Committee released their report Women and the Economy 2010: 25 Years of Progress But Challenges Remain. The title’s right on the nose. Let’s begin with progress: Women make up 50 percent or more of the workforce in five industries: (1) government, (2) education/health services, (3) financial activities, (4) leisure/hospitality […]

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Women and the Workforce, a Labor Day Reflection

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Women and the Workforce, a Labor Day Reflection

It has been more than 100 years since our nation celebrated the first Labor Day. And since that time work has changed, but more importantly, so has the makeup of our workforce.  Nearly fifty percent of American workers are women. In many households nationwide, women are sharing the role of breadwinner and in some cases […]

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Worker Training Programs Open Doors for the American Workforce

Worker Training Programs Open Doors for the American Workforce

Unemployed workers gained a needed reprieve earlier this summer when the President signed an extension of unemployment benefits.  Those who have lost jobs through no fault of their own and who are seeking employment with ever-increasing urgency will continue to receive this crucial support to help them during these challenging times. Unemployment benefits are a […]

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Advancing Disability Employment: A Labor Day Call-to-Action

Advancing Disability Employment: A Labor Day Call-to-Action

For many, Labor Day signals the beginning of autumn and the end of summer.  And those of us in the disability arena can look back on the summer of 2010 as an especially momentous one. In July, the nation celebrated the 20 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), one of the most […]

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Counting Down to Labor Day 2010

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Counting Down to Labor Day 2010

For many people, Labor Day means the end of a summer, the start of a new school year,  or perhaps the kickoff of the football season. Labor Day is unique in that it does not recognize any particular group, event, individual or battle, instead it celebrates all workers and their contributions to our nation. But […]

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Workers are His Business… but the Saints are His Passion

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Workers are His Business… but the Saints are His Passion

Jim Pierce, a 28-year employee of the U.S. Department of Labor, recently visited the White House, where President Barack Obama and members of the New Orleans Saints’ football team gathered to attend the traditional meeting between the president and the latest Super Bowl winner. Pierce’s dream trip had its launch when the department’s Deputy Chief […]

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DOL Working for You: Military Spouses in Georgia Aided by ETA Funding

Filed in Workforce Development by on August 17, 2010 1 Comment
DOL Working for You: Military Spouses in Georgia Aided by ETA Funding

Melanie-Mandy Frees and hundreds of other military spouses at Fort Benning, Georgia, are continuing their education through the Career Advancement Account MilSpouse program funded by the department’s Employment and Training Administration. While her husband is deployed in Iraq, Frees is studying for her degree in business and human resource management. The program helps military spouses […]

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