Archive for May, 2011

WRP: An Opportunity to Apply Your Knowledge

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Development by on May 31, 2011 1 Comment

Most people do not get their dream job right out of school; and those that do spend a considerable amount of time and effort pursuing that goal. Frequently people will need to start at the proverbial bottom of the ladder and work their way up. Do not let this discourage you. There are valuable skills […]

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Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen Military While Supporting Active Duty Personnel

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on May 27, 2011 1 Comment
Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen Military While Supporting Active Duty Personnel

Memorial Day is a time when our nation honors those fallen men and women of the military who have paid the ultimate price to defend the United States. It is also a time when we should reflect on what we can and are doing to support our active duty veterans who hope to one day successfully […]

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Honoring the Legacy of AAPI Workers

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on May 27, 2011 0 Comments
Honoring the Legacy of AAPI Workers

Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month represents an appropriate time to reflect on the rich history of one of the fastest growing groups in the country.  From Chinese immigrants who built the transcontinental railroad and Japanese farmers working on sugar plantations in Hawaii, to Filipino cannery workers in the Pacific Northwest and Thai garment […]

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Job Clubs & Employment Ministries: On the front lines of getting Americans back to work

Job Clubs & Employment Ministries: On the front lines of getting Americans back to work

Preparing 20th century workers for the 21st century workforce; these words describe the mission of Tuesdays with Transitioners, a job club run by Jennifer Oliver O’Connell at the Congregational Church of Northridge in Northridge, CA. This week, I had the opportunity to hear first-hand how job clubs like Jennifer’s are helping Americans get back to […]

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Our Road Map to Sensible and Effective Regulations

Filed in Jobs by on May 26, 2011 2 Comments

Earlier this year, President Obama issued an Executive Order that outlined his vision for a 21st century regulatory system that protects the American people in a pragmatic and cost-effective way.  He asked each Federal agency to review regulations already on our books, and remove those that were out-of-date, unnecessary, duplicative, confusing, or overly burdensome. The […]

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Continuing Signs of Strength for America’s Auto Industry

After years of uncertainty, the past few weeks have held positive news for the American automotive industry. All three American automotive manufacturers are operating at a profit. Recently, GM announced it would be investing $2 billion in 17 facilities nationwide, adding jobs and increasing security in these affected communities. And just yesterday, Chrysler announced it […]

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UI: A supplier of hope for over 75 years

Filed in Unemployment by on May 23, 2011 1 Comment
UI: A supplier of hope for over 75 years

With the recent storms and flooding that have hit the southeastern states, many people are finding that unemployment benefits are their main source of income while they recover from these tragedies. For over 75 years, the Federal Government has worked with states to provide benefits to unemployed workers, and for more than 40 of those […]

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Exhibit B in Case for Immigration Reform

Filed in Education by on May 20, 2011 2 Comments

For the latest proving ground in the debate over whether to fix our country’s broken immigration system, America should turn its attention tomorrow to Brownsville. In a border city that once housed a military outpost during the Mexican-American War, the potential of immigrants to contribute to the American economy will be on proud display. Standing […]

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MSHA Chief on UBB Independent Report Findings

Filed in Safety by on May 19, 2011 0 Comments

On April 5, 2010, the worst mining disaster in nearly four decades devastated the mining community.  To the families of those who died at Upper Big Branch (UBB), their friends and neighbors, and to every miner in this country, I made a pledge that MSHA would lead a thorough investigation. Likewise, then-Governor Joe Manchin promised […]

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90 Years and Counting…

Filed in Jobs, Workplace Rights by on May 18, 2011 1 Comment

Since the creation of the Women’s Bureau by Congress in June 1920, one aspect remains the same – women are still struggling to fight wage inequalities.  From its inception, the Women’s Bureau has worked to advance the status of working women. At that time, the Bureau was concerned with the 8 hour workday, safe working […]

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