Archive for February, 2011

Of Family, Community and the Importance of Service

Filed in Education, Workplace Rights by on February 25, 2011 15 Comments
Of Family, Community and the Importance of Service

Editor’s note: This post is part of the White House Celebrating Black History Month series, which highlights the contributions of African Americans throughout the Administration whose work contributes to the President’s vision for winning the future. In Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, he gives tributes to those who helped shape his persona.  He writes that from his […]

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Discovering Public Service

Filed in Education, Workforce Development, Workplace Rights by on February 24, 2011 6 Comments
Discovering Public Service

If you or anyone else would have told me four years ago that I would be living, learning, and working in Washington, D.C., I would have shaken my head in disbelief. When I enrolled at Winston-Salem State University I had my life planned out. I knew that when I graduated I wanted to be a […]

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Liberian Union Receives Child Labor Award

Filed in Child Labor, Education, Workplace Rights by on February 23, 2011 1 Comment
Liberian Union Receives Child Labor Award

I want to tell you about the remote town of Harbel, Liberia and the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL), which has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of workers and their children. The union just won the Department of Labor’s 2010 Iqbal Masih Award, an award that Congress established to recognize extraordinary efforts […]

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My State of Mine

Filed in Jobs, Safety, Workplace Rights by on February 10, 2011 3 Comments

My job means a lot to me. I have the honor of representing Secretary Hilda Solis – and the entire Department of Labor – at a regional level, covering New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C.  I’m her eyes and ears, her […]

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Build and Drive

Filed in Green Jobs, Jobs, Workforce Development by on February 7, 2011 1 Comment
Build and Drive

Cars have always been a part of my life. When it came time to teach me to drive, my dad insisted that I learn on a stick shift. He told me that it would make me more independent, and he was right. My brothers loved everything about cars. I remember them talking to my sisters […]

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Our Global Green Economy

Filed in Green Jobs, Workforce Development by on February 3, 2011 7 Comments

The greening of the American economy has been a long-standing priority for the Obama Administration.  In his state of the union address, the President renewed his commitment to clean energy technology by calling for massive investments in 21st century infrastructure and proposing that 80% of electricity come from clean energy sources by 2035. This administration […]

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Mine Safety Proposal Significant Step in Right Direction to Protect Miners’ Lives

Filed in Safety by on February 1, 2011 6 Comments

Yesterday’s proposal from the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is a significant step in the right direction to hold chronic violators accountable for repeatedly putting miners’ lives at risk. As we have seen with Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine tragedy, loopholes have allowed some of our nation’s most dangerous mines […]

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