Archive for April, 2012

VETS, Helping Vets, Helping Vets

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on April 30, 2012 2 Comments

Navy veteran Glen Williams of Illinois has a passion for helping his fellow veterans and especially those who are disabled veterans, like himself. But when he found himself out of work, he turned to the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) for assistance. After researching the federal job hiring process and struggling […]

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Women’s Bureau Director Gives Farewell Note of Gratitude

Filed in Women by on April 30, 2012 1 Comment
Women’s Bureau Director Gives Farewell Note of Gratitude

After more than two years at the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, it has come time for me to say goodbye. It is only in this country that a humble Puerto Rican girl who grew up in Harlem’s public housing can realize her aspirations of becoming an attorney, never imagining that she would later serve […]

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The Most Haunting Number

The Most Haunting Number

The following is a cross post of an essay made available to McClatchy-Tribune News Service: Every day, 12 workers die on the job across America. As the nation’s Secretary of Labor, I am surrounded by numbers-about jobs, the labor market and about the economy more broadly.  But the number 12 stays with me. It is […]

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Medical Doctors, PhDs Enter New Apprenticeship Program

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Development by on April 26, 2012 4 Comments
Medical Doctors, PhDs Enter New Apprenticeship Program

Yesterday, April 25 the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention marked the beginning of a unique federal collaboration to prepare workers in the healthcare field of Public Health Informatics using the Registered Apprenticeship model. At a signing ceremony at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, I joined CDC […]

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New Interactive Map Details Performance of Job Corps Centers

New Interactive Map Details Performance of Job Corps Centers

The Office of Job Corps is committed to delivering a greater level of openness and transparency.  Whether it’s for potential students and their parents or guardians, policy makers, or the public at large, we want to ensure that information about the program is readily available and user-friendly. As part of the Office of Job Corps’ […]

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Workers Memorial Day: Making a Living Should Not Include Dying

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on April 25, 2012 2 Comments
Workers Memorial Day: Making a Living Should Not Include Dying

This Saturday, April 28, is Workers Memorial Day. On this day, we remember the extraordinary sorrow that far too many families still suffer as a result of unsafe working conditions. It is also the 41st anniversary of the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the beginning an era when the basic right to a safe […]

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2012 Citizens Medal: Nominations Due Today

Filed in DOL by on April 24, 2012 2 Comments
2012 Citizens Medal: Nominations Due Today

For more 40 years, the Presidential Citizens Medal has recognized Americans who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” The President is inviting you, the American public, to nominate everyday heroes for one of our nation’s highest civilian honors. Who is your hero? Who has gone above and beyond, […]

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Did Your Union Constitution of Bylaws Change? File with OLMS

Filed in Workplace Rights by on April 23, 2012 0 Comments

During the last year, other than just changing your dues or initiation fees, has your union changed its constitution and/or bylaws? If it has, you are required to file the amended constitution and bylaws along with your union’s annual financial report within 90 days after the end of the fiscal year in which the changes […]

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Earth Day: Why Green is Your Color

Filed in Green Jobs, Secretary Solis, Women by on April 20, 2012 6 Comments
Earth Day: Why Green is Your Color

Each April 22, we celebrate Earth Day. Since 1970, people have used this day to voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection.   At the Women’s Bureau, we’re doing our part to address this global issue by helping women understand and prepare for jobs in the clean energy economy.  In 2009, Secretary […]

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Turning the Unemployment Program into a Reemployment Program

Two months ago, the President signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.  That legislation extended the vital payroll tax cut and federal unemployment insurance programs that have been so crucial for American families and to the continued and sustained economic recovery.   But it also included several important reforms to the […]

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