Archive for November, 2011

Long Overdue: Winning Back Pay and Benefits for Workers

Filed in Secretary Solis by on November 28, 2011 6 Comments

Workers deserve to keep the wages and benefits they earn. That may sound like an obvious statement, but to some employers, it’s not clear at all. In recent years, the U.S. Labor Department has collected hundreds of millions of dollars in back wages and benefits for hundreds of thousands of workers whose employers tried to […]

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Fueled by Commitment to Protect NJ Gas Station Workers

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 22, 2011 15 Comments

AAA estimates that 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and 38 million Americans will take to the roads. Those who stop for gas in New Jersey will see a familiar site: gas station attendants hard at work. Since 1949, it has been illegal for motorists to pump […]

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Setting Things Right

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 22, 2011 11 Comments

Secretary Solis’s vision of “good jobs for everyone” is one of the Labor Department’s top priorities. Unfortunately, not all workers are treated fairly in the workplace. The role of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is to address just that situation by ensuring non-discrimination, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action by federal contractors. Most […]

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The Price of a Federal Contract

Filed in Secretary Solis, Workplace Rights by on November 22, 2011 5 Comments

“Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.” Those are President Obama’s words, but they could easily have been said by me – or anybody who recognizes the importance of transparency to good government. Transparency means clarity, accountability and open communication, and it is an essential piece of democratic […]

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Progress and Persistence in Pursuit of Workplace Equality

Filed in Secretary Solis, Workplace Rights by on November 21, 2011 6 Comments
Progress and Persistence in Pursuit of Workplace Equality

On Friday, I was proud to attend the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) annual dinner to talk about this Administration’s commitment to support LGBT entrepreneurs and workers. I’ve spent the last two decades fighting for equal opportunity for LGBT Americans, so I was honored to receive the NGLCC’s Extra Mile Award. But […]

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New Webpage Helps Workers Keep the Benefits They Earn

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 16, 2011 6 Comments

Workers participating in employer sponsored health and retirement plans deserve to understand their rights, responsibilities and benefits.  They need one place to go to get answers to questions and to file a complaint if they believe their benefits have been improperly denied.   That is why the U.S. Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has launched […]

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Ohio’s Job Clubs Use Social Capital and Social Media to Help Job Seekers Succeed

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on November 16, 2011 1 Comment
Ohio’s Job Clubs Use Social Capital and Social Media to Help Job Seekers Succeed

In Northeast Ohio there is a growing movement of community-based job clubs finding success in helping a wide range of workers get and keep good jobs. To learn more about the work of these job clubs and to facilitate partnerships between these groups and the Department of Labor administered workforce investment system, my office held […]

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Honoring Our Women Warriors

Filed in Women by on November 10, 2011 6 Comments
Honoring Our Women Warriors

Tomorrow we celebrate Veterans Day by paying tribute to all the brave men and women that have served our country.  We honor those who sacrificed their lives so the rest of us could raise our families and pursue the American Dream. And with thousands of troops expected to return from Iraq by the end of […]

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Going Beyond the Call of Duty: A Veteran’s Day Story

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs by on November 10, 2011 4 Comments
Going Beyond the Call of Duty: A Veteran’s Day Story

Every day our veterans, service members and their families make tremendous sacrifices on behalf of the American people. Secretary Solis and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service believe that America must honor those sacrifices by providing the country’s bravest with the best possible programs and services that we have to offer. No where is this […]

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Unemployment Rate: Lowest Level in Six Months

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on November 4, 2011 11 Comments
Unemployment Rate: Lowest Level in Six Months

Our nation’s labor market posted stable growth in the month of October. We added 104,000 private sector jobs last month, as well as 102,000 more jobs than had previously been reported in August and September. And the unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent, its lowest level in six months. We’ve now created 2.8 million jobs […]

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