Archive for December, 2011

Seeing History Made in Argentina

Filed in Child Labor, Secretary Solis, Women by on December 27, 2011 18 Comments
Seeing History Made in Argentina

On December 10th, the people of Argentina inaugurated Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for her second term as their president. Cristina is Argentina’s first elected female president, and the second female president ever to serve. She is very proud of her ties to Argentina’s working people and to her country’s labor movement—something we share in common […]

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DOL Wins Argument that Federal Law Doesn’t Displace Stricter State and Local Safety Requirements

Filed in Safety by on December 22, 2011 27 Comments

In 2008 a construction crane collapsed on the East side of Manhattan, killing seven people and injuring more than twenty.  The dead and injured included both construction workers and people with no connection to the building site.  Several nearby buildings were destroyed and eighteen had to be evacuated, leaving scores of people homeless.  I lived […]

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Universal Rights Extend to Alabama

Filed in Secretary Solis, Workplace Rights by on December 21, 2011 19 Comments

In a widely noticed human rights speech this month in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton articulated U.S. policy on the fundamental rights of all people living in the world. She said, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights … rights are not conferred by government; they are the […]

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Encouragement — The Battle for Employment in a Recession

Filed in Education, Jobs, Unemployment, Women by on December 20, 2011 5 Comments
Encouragement — The Battle for Employment in a Recession

“LIFE is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon In 1997, I strolled out of the Air Force; the sweet song of civilian freedom ringing in my regimented ears. “No more rule books, no more saluting, no more uniforms ruining my looks…” At that time, a four-year degree and military experience opened […]

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Beyond the Decimal and Political Points

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on December 19, 2011 5 Comments

The debate that has raged in Washington for weeks about extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance is often portrayed in terms of decimal points, macroeconomic theory and the latest frustrating chapter in the ongoing saga of congressional gridlock. But what the debate is really about is people like Paul Lokey. I met Paul […]

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The Impact on Women of Failing to Extend UI

Filed in Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on December 15, 2011 8 Comments
The Impact on Women of Failing to Extend UI

In the midst of this year’s holiday season, it is important to remember the millions of families that continue to struggle in the current economic climate.  We have made steady progress over the last two years in getting people back to work after the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The number of people […]

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Providing Protections for In-Home Care Workers

Filed in Secretary Solis, Workplace Rights by on December 15, 2011 38 Comments
Providing Protections for In-Home Care Workers

In-home care service is a high growth industry, and it’s projected to grow by 50 percent between 2008 and 2018. In-home caregivers are an essential component of the health care system and will only become more important, as an increased number of patients turn to them for more affordable assistance with medical care as well […]

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Homes for the Holidays

Filed in Secretary Solis by on December 15, 2011 3 Comments
Homes for the Holidays

With most of us preparing to travel home or host our families for the upcoming holidays, it’s an important time to pause and think about those Americans who have no place to call home. On Monday, I concluded my one year chairwomanship of President Obama’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. The Council’s mission is to coordinate […]

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Reflections on a Decade of Disability Employment Policy

Reflections on a Decade of Disability Employment Policy

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy celebrated its 10th anniversary.  In the decade since joining the DOL family, ODEP has been challenging outdated stereotypes and attitudes that keep people with disabilities out of the workplace, while aligning policy and practice to open the doors to employment opportunities. At this juncture […]

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A New Hiring Guide for America’s Agricultural Employers

Filed in Jobs by on December 13, 2011 3 Comments

Agricultural businesses large and small rely on seasonal workers.  When U.S. workers are not available, employers can utilize the H-2A program to hire temporary foreign workers to perform certain types of agricultural work.  Our Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is charged by Congress with protecting the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers while […]

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