Archive for March, 2012

Women’s History Month: Education=Empowerment

Filed in DOL by on March 30, 2012 3 Comments
Women’s History Month: Education=Empowerment

March is Women’s History Month—a time when we honor the contributions of women to our history, culture and society and pay tribute to the millions of women who paved the way for future generations. Women like Mrs. Florence M. Rice, founder of the Harlem Consumer Education Council, a civil rights activist, and “Shero” of mine […]

Continue Reading »

Celebrating Our Farmworkers

Filed in DOL by on March 30, 2012 1 Comment
Celebrating Our Farmworkers

Today marks the end of National Farmworker Awareness week – all across the country people have been celebrating the vital role that farm workers play in our economy, and raising consciousness about the challenges and dangers they face on all of our behalf. Without these courageous, hard-working men and women, much of the food that […]

Continue Reading »

Legacy of the Farm Worker Movement and Chavez Honored

Filed in DOL by on March 28, 2012 6 Comments
Legacy of the Farm Worker Movement and Chavez Honored

This week, I was proud to honor the “Pioneers of the Farm Worker Movement” by inducting them into the Department of Labor Hall of Honor. The farm worker movement was propelled through the courage of thousands of ordinary people inspired to act in an extraordinary way. They took the very best of other social justice […]

Continue Reading »

The Affordable Care Act: Two Years Closer to Making More Jobs “Good Jobs”

What makes a job, a “good job?” For most people, having health insurance benefits is part of the answer. Unfortunately, the reality is that many jobs that offer competitive pay and opportunities do not provide health insurance, and current private market options can be far too expensive. The Affordable Care Act that President Obama signed […]

Continue Reading »

Unemployment Rate Among Post-9/11 Vets Still Falling

Filed in Unemployment by on March 23, 2012 2 Comments
Unemployment Rate Among Post-9/11 Vets Still Falling

The following is a cross post of a blog that first appeared on VAntage Point, Dispatches from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: On March 21, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its 2011 report on the unemployment situation of Veterans. Unfortunately, some news outlets and Veterans organizations have keyed on a single statistical measure—the […]

Continue Reading »

Reintegration Grants Provide Opportunity to Rebuild Lives

Reintegration Grants Provide Opportunity to Rebuild Lives

Communities benefit when formerly incarcerated individuals are able to effectively reintegrate into their neighborhoods. But all too often, people who have been convicted of crimes face difficult employment challenges when they are released. Two out of three incarcerated adults had jobs before they went to jail, but we’ve seen that incarceration can reduce their earning […]

Continue Reading »

DOL Delivers

Filed in Workplace Rights by on March 22, 2012 0 Comments

Federal contracts are big business. In fact, nearly one-quarter of the American workforce works for a federal contractor or subcontractor. That’s nearly 200,000 businesses with almost $700 billion in contracts. And it’s why rules that ensure fairness for both job applicants and for employers who do the right thing are so important. At FedEx, DOL’s […]

Continue Reading »

How Should Workers Be Warned About Chemical Hazards?

Filed in Education, Safety by on March 20, 2012 6 Comments
How Should Workers Be Warned About Chemical Hazards?

One of the main characteristics of our economy since the Second World War has been the growing number of new chemicals that underpin our modern economy. From a chemical plant to a beauty parlor; from a refinery to a nail salon, today’s workers are potentially exposed to thousands of chemicals every day. In 1983, the […]

Continue Reading »

Heroes Wanted

Filed in Child Labor, Education, Workplace Rights by on March 20, 2012 3 Comments
Heroes Wanted

Documentary film maker Len Morris is this year’s winner of the Department of Labor’s Iqbal Masih award.  Morris received this honor for raising global awareness of the plight of child laborers through his films Stolen Childhoods, which explores child labor in eight countries and Rescuing Emmanuel, the story of a Kenyan street child.  The Iqbal […]

Continue Reading »

Many Reasons to March

Many Reasons to March

The following is a cross-post from the Montgomery Advertiser: Last week I came to Alabama to march. I marched because I remember the ordinary citizens who stood up against batons and fire hoses and injustice on the road from Selma to Montgomery 47 years ago. I marched to celebrate how these courageous men and women […]

Continue Reading »