Archive for January, 2011

Important Steps toward Improving Protections for Miners

Filed in Safety by on January 31, 2011 1 Comment

I applaud the proposal released by the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)  to improve the mining pattern of violations (POV) process. This proposal is a real step in the right direction for the safety of our coal miners and I am encouraged to see that Secretary Solis and Assistant Secretary Joe […]

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The Fourth Estate

Filed in DOL by on January 31, 2011 10 Comments
The Fourth Estate

Over the weekend, I had the honor and pleasure to officiate at the swearing-in ceremony of the AP’s Mark Hamrick as the 104th president of the National Press Club.  It was a festive evening, with the likes of such journalism luminaries as Helen Thomas and investigative reporter Bill Kurtis in attendance. Although the “swearing in […]

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Big Things and the Workforce to Get Them Done

Last night, as millions of Americans tuned in and logged on to follow the President’s State of the Union address, I was honored to have a front row seat. Sitting there in the “people’s chamber,” surrounded by current and former colleagues — as well as a few new faces — I listened to the President […]

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File Your Taxes for Free at One Stop Career Centers

Filed in Education, Workforce Development by on January 26, 2011 21 Comments
File Your Taxes for Free at One Stop Career Centers

Tax season is upon us and while online filing makes it an easy process, there are still many who do not have access to home computers.  Everyone should know that computers at One Stop Career Centers are available for those who wish to file online. Preparing a tax return can sometimes be stressful and confusing. […]

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Mine Safety Best Way to Honor Sen. Byrd

Filed in Safety by on January 26, 2011 3 Comments

I commend my friend Senator John D. Rockefeller for introducing the Robert C. Byrd Mine and Workplace Safety and Health Act.  Senator Rockefeller has been a tireless advocate for mine safety and miners throughout West Virginia and our nation.  By introducing this legislation, Senator Rockefeller and the bill’s cosponsors, Senators Harkin, Murray, and Manchin, have […]

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Open Grantmaking Making Waves

Filed in Education by on January 24, 2011 2 Comments

Beth Noveck, former Deputy Chief Technology Officer and head of the White House Open Government Initiative has a great post on her blog about last week’s announcement of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. A few highlights are posted below, but for the full text check out “Open Grantmaking in […]

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Leaders Are Made…of Fear, Support, and Trust

Filed in Education, Workforce Development by on January 24, 2011 1 Comment

I changed schools when I was going into the 8th grade. My new school had something called Jr. Beta Club, an academic service organization for middle school students. I had never heard of it. I had no real idea of what it did. But, my teacher and my classmates encouraged me to go to the […]

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DOL Working for You – 1/21/11

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Development by on January 21, 2011 2 Comments
DOL Working for You – 1/21/11

On the Job (Corps) Training Helps a Community Succeed Low income youth at the Barrio Station community center in San Diego, Calif., can do their homework online in a safe environment thanks to the computer maintenance efforts of the local Job Corps Center’s staff and students. For the past eight years, San Diego Job Corps […]

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Celebrating a Champion

Filed in Uncategorized by on January 19, 2011 30 Comments

It was with great regret that our Job Corps family learned the news yesterday that the founder of Job Corps and one of our biggest champions, Robert Sargent Shriver, passed away.  As many of you know, Sargent Shriver spearheaded President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, and in that role, he was instrumental in the […]

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Remembering Robert “Sargent” Shriver

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Development by on January 19, 2011 1 Comment
Remembering Robert “Sargent” Shriver

One of the best things about being the U.S. labor secretary is overseeing Job Corps — a network of 124 residential training and education facilities across the country. It’s a life-changing opportunity for promising low-income young people looking for a second chance at a better life. The program is both practical and innovative — giving […]

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