Archive for August, 2012

Labor Day 2012: Honoring the Great American Worker

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on August 31, 2012 2 Comments

On the first Monday of September, we honor the workers who built the world’s strongest economy.  This Labor Day, as the U.S. Department of Labor approaches our centennial celebration, I take extra pride in the historic efforts of today’s workers to drive our recovery by learning new skills and adapting to new challenges. For more […]

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DOL and Developers at Work—Innovating for Tomorrow’s Workforce

Filed in Disabilities by on August 30, 2012 0 Comments

Citizen engagement is at the heart of our democracy.  It’s one of the many things that make me proud to be an American.  In fact, since its earliest days, America has been well known the world over for its involved and energetic electorate.  But of course, citizen engagement extends beyond the polling booth.  It means […]

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Join the Conversation: #LaborDay2012 Twitter Chat

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on August 29, 2012 0 Comments
Join the Conversation: #LaborDay2012 Twitter Chat

On Labor Day 2012 and every day, one of my top priorities is to help those looking for work get the training they need for good-paying jobs. By 2020, 17 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations will require a postsecondary certificate or degree. That means that getting the skills employers want and need are critical to […]

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Promoting Labor Rights is Everyone’s Responsibility

This year’s Labor Rights Week theme, ‘Promoting Labor Rights is Everyone’s Responsibility,’ underscores the importance of partnerships between the Labor Department and other countries to educate migrant workers and their employers about U.S. labor laws. Making America’s workplaces safe and fair for everyone is the hallmark of Labor Rights Week. We’re committed to ensuring that […]

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Youth Employment Turning the Corner in 2012

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on August 23, 2012 0 Comments

As young Americans all across the country head back to a new school year, I’m excited to say that many more will take with them lessons learned through summer jobs. Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on youth employment. The numbers show that while there’s still work to be done, opportunities […]

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Empowering Our Working Women

Filed in Education, Women, Workplace Rights by on August 20, 2012 6 Comments
Empowering Our Working Women

At the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, we strive to make sure that women and girls are equipped with the knowledge and tools to overcome barriers in the workforce. I recently had the opportunity to do just that by hosting a series of Women’s Bureau forums entitled “Working for Women: Your Jobs, Your Rights.” The […]

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Safety Innovation at Our Fingertips

Filed in Safety, Web Apps, Workplace Rights by on August 16, 2012 3 Comments

Three months ago, we launched a new challenge to make use of one of our nation’s greatest resources – the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the American public. Innovation has always been inspired by economic and technological challenges in our communities, classrooms and businesses. At the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, we are committed to […]

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Using Workforce Development to Bring Jobs Back to the United States

Filed in Education, Workforce Investment by on August 16, 2012 0 Comments
Using Workforce Development to Bring Jobs Back to the United States

I had the opportunity to visit Rochester, New Hampshire last week. It is a small, quiet city of about 30,000 tucked in the eastern corner of the state.  It also happens to be the site of one of the most exciting and forward thinking community college-employer collaborations I’ve seen during my travels across the country. […]

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YouthBuild: I Transformed a Home, but the Experience Transformed My Life

YouthBuild: I Transformed a Home, but the Experience Transformed My Life

My name is Ciera Russum and I’m a member of the Advanced Construction team at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School. We worked with the Green Building team to complete a full-gut rehab project on Greene Street. In the past year, this house was completely transformed. So was my life. When I first saw the house, there […]

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The New Meaning of ‘Tech Savvy’

Filed in Disabilities, Web Apps by on August 15, 2012 1 Comment

Any leading employer can tell you about the importance of being “tech savvy.”  From desktop software to smart phones providing employees the technology they need is key to business success.  However, not all employers understand the importance of making that technology accessible to all of their workers.  My agency, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, […]

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