Archive for July, 2012

Recognizing Trailblazers and Innovators of Registered Apprenticeship

Recognizing Trailblazers and Innovators of Registered Apprenticeship

I believe deeply in Registered Apprenticeship programs because I’ve seen how they can change lives.  Since my very first day as secretary of labor, I’ve called apprenticeship one of America’s best-kept secrets.  It’s been 75 years since the National Apprenticeship Act was signed, and in that time, apprenticeships have come a long way to advance […]

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Across the Board Decreases in State Unemployment Rates

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on July 31, 2012 3 Comments
Across the Board Decreases in State Unemployment Rates

The release of last month’s state-level unemployment statistics reaffirmed what many economists, including me, have stated: the labor market recovery has been steady and widespread. These numbers aren’t just good news for our economy, they’re impacting the lives of everyday Americans. We have experienced 28 consecutive months of job growth across all industry sectors, except […]

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A Living Memorial to a Safer Future

A Living Memorial to a Safer Future

The following is a cross-post of an Op-ed that fist appeared in The Register-Herald: In Whitesville, W.Va., along Route 3, more than 70,000 pounds of granite stand as a stark reminder of the worst American coal mining disaster in 40 years.  The Upper Big Branch memorial, which is being formally dedicated this afternoon, is a […]

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A Day Among Leaders

Filed in DOL, Education by on July 26, 2012 0 Comments

In February 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13532, “Promoting Excellence, Innovation and Sustainability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).”  One of the goals of this historic document is to increase opportunities for these institutions to participate in and benefit from Federal programs. I travelled to Hilton Head Island, SC last Thursday to present […]

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Power of Innovation and Opportunity on display in San Francisco

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Secretary Solis by on July 26, 2012 0 Comments
Power of Innovation and Opportunity on display in San Francisco

The Bay Area has long been a hub of innovation and technology, so it is critical that local employers are actively engaged in developing a skilled workforce for the 21st century. Ensuring that young people learn the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math while in school is crucial to maintaining our culture of innovation, […]

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Central Piedmont Community College: Blazing a Path on Employer Partnerships

During his State of the Union Address in January, President Obama highlighted the story of Jackie Bray.  Jackie is a single mother from North Carolina who was laid off from her job as a machinist, but reentered the workforce by taking advantage of an innovative partnership between the German company Siemens and her local community […]

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Turning The Tide Together

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on July 20, 2012 1 Comment

Next week, thousands of scientists, researchers, government leaders, public health officials and advocates from around the world will convene in Washington for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012).  It is the first time the United States will host this important conclave in 20 years. Much has changed in that time: new scientific discoveries, more […]

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Soldiers Should Never Come Home to Homelessness

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on July 20, 2012 3 Comments

In 1979, Minnesota native Leroy Namen joined the U.S. Navy and served as a boiler repairman while stationed in the Philippines. He left the service in 1983, returned home to Minnesota and started to drink heavily. He quickly fell into homelessness, and would remain without a permanent address for the next 15 years. Mr. Namen, […]

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Preventing Construction Falls

Filed in Education, Safety by on July 19, 2012 7 Comments
Preventing Construction Falls

As the country continues its economic recovery and construction businesses enter the peak season, the resulting flurry of projects should also remind us that construction is the deadliest industry in the country. A worker may be stepping onto a ladder, scaffold or roof right now, and without the right planning, equipment and training, that worker […]

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Let’s Bring Our Jobs Home

Let’s Bring Our Jobs Home

The following blog is a cross-post from The Grand Rapids Press:  Most Michiganders are familiar with one of the major challenges of our global economy: preserving good manufacturing jobs here at home at a time when some companies are tempted to outsource production abroad. Today, however, I visited a manufacturing plant operated by an American company […]

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