Archive for August, 2011

OSHA GOES LOCAL: Austin-based non-profit educates hard-to-reach construction workers

Filed in Education, Safety by on August 30, 2011 9 Comments
OSHA GOES LOCAL: Austin-based non-profit educates hard-to-reach construction workers

Workers Defense Project, an Austin-based non-profit organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment and safe working conditions, has developed a new worker health and safety program with assistance from a 2010 Occupational Safety and Health Administration Susan Harwood grant.  Austin’s construction workers face high rates of dangerous working conditions, death on the job […]

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Women’s Equality Day – Are We There Yet?

Filed in Workplace Rights by on August 26, 2011 1 Comment

“On the 91st anniversary of this landmark in civil rights, we continue to uphold the foundational American principles that we are all equal, and that each of us deserves a chance to pursue our dreams…We honor the heroes who have given of themselves to advance the causes of justice, opportunity, and prosperity.”  President Obama, 2011 […]

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Closing the Knowledge Gap on the Pay Gap

Filed in Workplace Rights by on August 25, 2011 4 Comments

Pay equity laws have been on the books for more than 40 years, but the pay gap lives on.  As Secretary Solis reminded us on Equal Pay Day this year, in 2011 women still earn about 20 cents less on the dollar than men.  And that 20 cents adds up — to $150 less a week, […]

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Find a Hero: Submit a nomination for the Iqbal Masih Award!

Filed in Child Labor, Workplace Rights by on August 16, 2011 7 Comments
Find a Hero: Submit a nomination for the Iqbal Masih Award!

Do you know someone who has made a difference in the lives of children laboring in exploitative work?  Have you worked with an organization or government which has gone above and beyond to assist child laborers?  If so, I encourage you to consider submitting a nomination for the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2011 Iqbal Masih […]

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Extending the Ladder of Opportunity

Filed in Education, Jobs, Secretary Solis by on August 11, 2011 4 Comments

As the country’s first Latina Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis reflects on how far the Latino community has come and ways to continue to seize this time of great opportunity: “You don’t have to look very hard to notice the impact Latinos are having across all walks of American life. We’re leaders in politics, business, labor, culture and […]

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Lessons from Summer Interns, Take 2

Filed in Education, Jobs by on August 10, 2011 2 Comments

Last month, several interns shared what it has been like to work for the Department of Labor this summer. Students were open about their initial expectations and ways that their experiences have exceeded the work they originally believed they would be doing. But that was from a national office perspective. What about our interns in […]

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Labor’s Law and Order

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on August 10, 2011 1 Comment
Labor’s Law and Order

My name is Molly Connors.  I grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  George Washington University is where I obtained my undergraduate degree, majoring in Political Science and minoring in French Language and Literature.  Currently, I am a third year law student at the University of Michigan.  This summer, I’m working as […]

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Understanding the Practical Side of Public Affairs

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on August 10, 2011 1 Comment

“Hi, my name is Yiye Wu. I’m the summer intern with Office of Public Affairs.” “Hi, welcome on board! Yi, is it?” “Very close! It’s Yee-Yeh.” I said, smiling and excited on my first day as a DOL intern. Since coming to the United States last August, I have already gotten use to people saying […]

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Working in a Team Environment

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on August 10, 2011 2 Comments
Working in a Team Environment

The day in the life of an intern: fetch coffee, copy documents, unappreciated. We often get a certain image when the title “intern” is mentioned. There are stereotypes that carry over from movies to people’s heads; however, there are so many valuable experiences that come with life as an intern. This summer, as a part […]

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WRP: An Opportunity to Test Drive a Future Career

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on August 9, 2011 1 Comment
WRP: An Opportunity to Test Drive a Future Career

I never imagined an email about the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Workforce Recruitment Program from my university’s Office of Disability Services would bring many opportunities and open doors for me in the near future.  My interview was unlike any other I’d had before because it was the first time I’d interviewed with someone who […]

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