Archive for September, 2010

One of Our Best Education Resources

Filed in Workforce Development by on September 29, 2010 2 Comments
One of Our Best Education Resources

I have been blessed with jobs that have taken me many places. From the California State Legislature and my time on Capital Hill, to my current post as your Secretary of Labor, public service has allowed me to see so much of what our nation has to offer. But what started it all, and what […]

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DOL Working for You: “Success Awaits”

Filed in Workforce Development by on September 28, 2010 0 Comments
DOL Working for You: “Success Awaits”

Several times a year at assemblies, David Ferrell likes to exhort Job Corps students to be committed, stay focused, and work hard at their studies. He says success awaits them, and he should know. Ferrell, 50, came to the Flatwoods Virginia Job Corps Center with a self admitted “chip on my shoulder” but blossomed under […]

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Recommitting the Cabinet to Environmental Justice

Recommitting the Cabinet to Environmental Justice

Yesterday marked an historic moment for underserved communities facing environmental and health burdens. For the first time in more than a decade Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, convened the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice. This important working group was created by a 1994 Executive Order from President Clinton, but sadly was […]

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A Mexico Diary – September 14, 2010

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A Mexico Diary – September 14, 2010

Morning I meet up with Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, and the other member of our delegation.  I’m also delighted to see Rigoberta Menchu, the Nobel Prize winner from Guatemala, Jose Hernandez, a Mexican-American astronaut, and Edward James Olmos, the actor and producer.  Our first stop: Mexico’s National Palace.  […]

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A Mexico Diary – September 13, 2010

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As soon as our plane lands in Mexico City, I’m on my way to the U.S. embassy for a dinner meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual.  Although he has only been in this post for just over a year, he has decades of experience in foreign diplomacy, including previously serving as our […]

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A Mexico Diary

Filed in Child Labor, DOL by on September 15, 2010 2 Comments
A Mexico Diary

My Latino heritage has always been a source of pride for me.  It is a major part of who I am, and enriches my every experience. Every summer, when I was growing up in Southern California, my father ­­– who was born in the U.S. but moved to Mexico as a child — would pack […]

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Beyond the Days of Labor: Planning a Secure Retirement

Filed in Labor Day 2010, Workplace Rights by on September 8, 2010 4 Comments
Beyond the Days of Labor: Planning a Secure Retirement

Labor Day is a time when we celebrate the achievements of the American worker.  It also is an opportunity to recognize the important role that the labor movement has played in contributing to the current and future economic security of workers and their families, through their advocacy of workplace health and pension benefits, and to […]

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Through Tragedy, Comes Change

Filed in Labor Day 2010 by on September 5, 2010 0 Comments

Labor Day is an opportunity to honor our nation’s workers.  Since I have lived and worked around miners all of my adult life, I take great pride in acknowledging the hard work and dedication they bring to the job.  It’s no secret that mining is a hazardous occupation, and those who choose this path are […]

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We Can Help…and not just from 9 to 5

Filed in DOL by on September 4, 2010 0 Comments
We Can Help…and not just from 9 to 5

On this Saturday before Labor Day, I want you to know that the dedicated men and women of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are working today and everyday to ensure that workers in this country are paid properly.  My staff are out on farms interviewing workers, making sure that that their housing and transportation […]

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A Time of Celebration, Sacrifice, and Reflection

Filed in Labor Day 2010 by on September 3, 2010 19 Comments
A Time of Celebration, Sacrifice, and Reflection

Labor Day for me has always been a time of celebration and reflection.  Like most union members, I celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the labor movement. A short list includes the restrictions on child labor and homework, minimum wages, the eight-hour day, health and safety legislation and contract language, fringe benefit programs and wages that have […]

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