Archive for October, 2011

California’s Natural Treasure

Filed in Education by on October 28, 2011 7 Comments

By Hilda L. Solis Respete la naturaleza. Respect your natural habit. My Dad taught me that as a child as we explored the San Gabriel Mountains. The sprawling forests, rolling hills and gentle streams reminded him of his childhood home in Veracruz, Mexico. Trips into the mountains were his way of reconnecting to his roots. […]

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Liberating Data for Mainstream America

Liberating Data for Mainstream America

In July the Labor Department launched its first-ever contests to spur the software developer community to create “apps,” or smartphone and computer applications, that would be useful for the public. We launch these contests using the federal government’s innovative tool at www.challenge.gov.  The goal of these contests was simple: leverage developers’ technical expertise and creativity […]

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NDEAM: Stop to Think

Filed in Workplace Rights by on October 25, 2011 0 Comments

When I think about National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), one of the first things that come to mind is the Washington DC Metro… I frequent the red line. Let me explain. When October rolls around, NDEAM posters are placed in various stations across the District, Virginia, and Maryland. One of life’s constants, long metro […]

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DOL Final Rule on Reports Filed by Union Officials Published

Filed in Workplace Rights by on October 25, 2011 3 Comments

Union members and the public deserve to have access to useful information concerning actual or likely conflicts of interest relating to union officials.  That is why the Labor Department has revised the Form LM-30, Labor Organization Officer and Employee Report.  You can read about the revisions in the Oct. 26 Federal Register, or at this […]

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NDEAM: The Possibilities

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment, Workplace Rights by on October 24, 2011 10 Comments

October is my favorite month of the year, and not just for the candy and costumed hilarity around Berkeley, but because it’s such a great month for people with disabilities. Not only did we just finish our second annual Disability History Week here in California, it’s also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time […]

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Inspiring Financial Empowerment of Women

Filed in Education by on October 21, 2011 8 Comments
Inspiring Financial Empowerment of Women

I hear it everywhere I go, from family and friends to colleagues and neighbors: The empowerment and development of women and girls can positively improve the economic prosperity of millions of women, American families and our economy. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to be part of a great women’s empowerment effort in my […]

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Quality Electrodynamics – Ohio Manufacturer Doing it Right

Filed in Green Jobs, Jobs by on October 21, 2011 2 Comments
Quality Electrodynamics – Ohio Manufacturer Doing it Right

On Tuesday, I visited Quality Electrodynamics (QED), a medical parts manufacturer located in Mayfield Village, Ohio.  I toured QED with the company’s founder Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita and local elected officials, met some of QED’s employees, and discussed how the President’s American Jobs Act would encourage QED and companies like all across America to expand, hire […]

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A Partnership Job-Seekers Will Like

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on October 20, 2011 6 Comments
A Partnership Job-Seekers Will Like

At the Department of Labor, we’re proud that we’ve assembled the largest collection of job search, job placement and job training tools anywhere in the United States. But our resources are only as good as the ways we deliver them to the American people. That’s why I have 132 million reasons to be excited today […]

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Eliminating the hazards of texting and other distractions while driving on the job

Filed in Safety by on October 20, 2011 12 Comments
Eliminating the hazards of texting and other distractions while driving on the job

Distracted driving has become an epidemic in the United States. In 2009, distracted drivers contributed to more than 5,400 traffic fatalities, accounting for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities that year. In response, last October the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOT), launched an initiative […]

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