Archive for April, 2011

1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers, Newest Members of the Labor Hall of Fame

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on April 29, 2011 0 Comments
1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers, Newest Members of the Labor Hall of Fame

As Labor Secretary, I am proud to work in a building that houses the Labor Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame serves a reminder not just of our history … but also of our continuing responsibility to the American worker. It is a place where we can learn from our past and draw strength […]

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One is Too Many

Filed in Jobs, Safety, Workplace Rights by on April 28, 2011 4 Comments
One is Too Many

Today is Workers Memorial Day. It’s a day to remember those who’ve been hurt or killed on the job. And it’s a day to recommit to making worksites safer across the nation. Every day in America, 12 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, 3.3 million people suffer a workplace […]

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Workers Memorial Day

Filed in Safety by on April 28, 2011 1 Comment

It’s hard to believe today that 40 years ago, before the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was established, most workers in America had no basic human right to safe workplaces. Four decades ago, if a worker feared injury, illness, or death from hazardous equipment or chemicals in the workplace, the choice was often stark: […]

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Water, Rest, Shade: Three Little Words that Make a BIG Difference

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on April 27, 2011 1 Comment

Today on azstarnet.com, Secretary Solis takes the discussion on the department’s latest initiative to prevent heat-related illnesses and injuries to Arizona. “In the summer, this desert town bears an average high of nearly 100 degrees daily. Between 1992 and 2009, nearly 1,500 people died of heat exposure in Arizona – more than one-third of them […]

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Secretary Solis Launches Heat Campaign

Filed in DOL by on April 26, 2011 0 Comments

Today on ocregister.com, Secretary Solis discusses the department’s latest initiative to prevent heat-related illnesses and injuries. “Water. Rest. Shade. These are three little words that make a big difference for those who work outdoors during the hot summer months. When I was growing up in La Puente, just north of Orange County, my father worked […]

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Clean Energy: The key to a stronger America and a better planet

Filed in Green Jobs by on April 22, 2011 1 Comment

Americans have always worked to make a difference in their own communities — and around the world.  Earth Day offers an important reminder to continue that tradition.  We can – and must — address the challenges that threaten our economy, our security and our planet.  Investing in a 21st century clean energy economy is beneficial […]

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Workforce Recruitment Program – Providing Students with Meaningful Work Experience

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Development by on April 22, 2011 0 Comments

In 2008 as I was finishing my Masters degree, I joined the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) – a federal program co-sponsored by DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Department of Defense that recruits and connects federal and private sector employers with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities for summer […]

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Trenching and Excavation: Quick Action Prevents Possible Injury or Death

Filed in Safety by on April 21, 2011 4 Comments
Trenching and Excavation: Quick Action Prevents Possible Injury or Death

One of the most persistent problems facing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is workers unprotected in trenching and excavation projects. All excavations are hazardous because they are inherently unstable. That’s why pre-job planning is vital to accident-free trenching; safety cannot be improvised as work progresses. To help protect workers, OSHA standards mandate that […]

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Marking the One-Year Anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Filed in Jobs, Workplace Rights by on April 20, 2011 0 Comments

This time last year our country experienced the largest oil spill in our nation’s history.  The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico not only released close to 5 million barrels of oil, it also claimed the lives of 11 workers, injured many more and had a major economic impact on the region. […]

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Giving Back to Our Military Families

Filed in Jobs by on April 19, 2011 3 Comments
Giving Back to Our Military Families

It seems sacrifice is on the minds of most everyone these days. In homes across the country working families are cutting back and learning how to do more with less. Military families are making the ultimate sacrifice – that of a loved one – to keep the rest of us safe. On top of trying […]

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