Archive for June, 2011

The Heat Campaign from a Former Field Worker’s Perspective

Filed in Workplace Rights by on June 30, 2011 5 Comments
The Heat Campaign from a Former Field Worker’s Perspective

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ongoing, nationwide Heat Campaign led me to reflect on my personal experience as a potato field worker in the 1980s. Although, my current work as an OSHA compliance officer affords an air-conditioned workplace, back then I worked long hours, from seven in the morning till ten at night, in […]

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Workplace Flexibility: Challenges and Solutions Facing Professional Workers

Filed in Jobs by on June 30, 2011 0 Comments

Today, I am in my hometown, New York City, to host the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility.  This will be the 10th and final Dialogue in a series we’ve hosted around the country following the Workplace Flexibility Forum hosted by the White House in March 2010.  The Women’s Bureau […]

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A Promise to Keep

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on June 30, 2011 6 Comments

Increasing numbers of veterans are returning from duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world only to face obstacles in finding good jobs.   According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among post 9/11 veterans stood at 11.5% in 2010 – almost two full percentage points above the national […]

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Breaking the Cycle for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on June 30, 2011 3 Comments

All too often, migrant and seasonal farmworkers suffer from chronic unemployment and underemployment due to the cyclical nature of the work, and the below average pay.  These workers also face significant barriers in the workplace due to low levels of education, limited English proficiency, and lack of stable housing.   So this week, I was thrilled to […]

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Here are the facts: The truth about TAA

Filed in Secretary Solis by on June 29, 2011 1 Comment

In an Op-ed for The Hill, Secretary Solis outlines many of the misconceptions about the Trade Adjustment Assistance program and joins the president in urging Congress to renew a robust TAA as it takes up trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. “Many Americans don’t know what TAA is. They don’t hear about it […]

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Transitioning Dads into Family Sustaining Careers

Filed in Unemployment by on June 29, 2011 3 Comments

Last week, Secretary Solis announced seven new grant awards totaling $39.7 million –  an investment to help non-custodial parents become better fathers by connecting them to job opportunities, and teaching them the skills they need to advance along a career path and support their families.  In my role within the Department of Labor and as […]

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Reflections on National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day

Filed in Unemployment by on June 27, 2011 1 Comment
Reflections on National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day

One year ago, today, we celebrated the first National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day.  It is an opportunity to raise awareness and provide information that can help Veterans and their families understand how they – and those suffering – can cope with the changes PTSD brings. As part of this national effort, the Women’s Bureau […]

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Our Covenant with America’s Rural Miners

Our Covenant with America’s Rural Miners

From the coal that makes it possible for us to power our computers, to the sand and gravel that serves as the foundation of our nation’s infrastructure, we simply could not function as a country without the natural resources that our miners provide. Mining and extraction industries have been key drivers of rural economic growth […]

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Happy Anniversary Title IX!

As we reflect on the 39th anniversary of Title IX, which amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we celebrate a milestone that has caused a revolution in the field of sports and education. By breaking down doors that were previously closed, the law – a mere 37 words in total – provides equal access […]

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Building Sustainable Careers Through the Green Jobs Innovation Fund

Today I had the pleasure of announcing nearly $38 million in grants for the Green Jobs Innovation Fund. The six grantees announced today will help serve more than 9,000 people in 18 states and 39 specific communities.  Each of these organizations has demonstrated a strong commitment to a clean energy future, and will develop top-tier […]

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