Archive for September, 2012

VRAP Reaches Important Milestone

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Development, Workforce Investment by on September 27, 2012 3 Comments
VRAP Reaches Important Milestone

Navy veteran Timothy Thompson was ready for a change. He had experience as an electronics technician in a submarine and with a private company, but after a job layoff, Thompson decided advanced education would improve his prospects of “getting a much better job.” Thompson enrolled in courses through the National College Campus Support System. With […]

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Administration Teams Up to Bring Jobs Back to America

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on September 26, 2012 1 Comment
Administration Teams Up to Bring Jobs Back to America

The following blog is a cross-post from The White House Blog: Yesterday, the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Labor announced the Make it in America Challenge – a $40 million multi-agency competition that will help accelerate business investments in the U.S. This includes insourcing, where U.S.-based companies bring jobs back, or foreign investment, when foreign […]

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Shining a Light on Child Labor and Forced Labor Worldwide

Filed in Child Labor, Education, Secretary Solis by on September 26, 2012 3 Comments
Shining a Light on Child Labor and Forced Labor Worldwide

When you picture workers wielding machetes in farm fields, lifting cement blocks at construction sites or descending wooden ladders deep into mine shafts, chances are you don’t picture children. Yet, millions of children worldwide face such hazardous work conditions every day. Others are sold as slaves, trafficked as prostitutes, or sent into armed conflict. The […]

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All Hands on Deck: Job Club Leaders Gather at White House Forum

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on September 26, 2012 1 Comment
All Hands on Deck: Job Club Leaders Gather at White House Forum

Job clubs are one of the unsung heroes of our economic recovery. They offer practical and technical tools for a successful job search, including networking, social media training, and direct access to employers seeking qualified and dependable employees. But they also offer much more: fellowship, spiritual and emotional support, and confidence. Last week, we shined […]

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The End of a Long, Hot Summer

Filed in DOL, Safety by on September 21, 2012 1 Comment
The End of a Long, Hot Summer

While my colleagues here at the Labor Department were busy honoring the legacy of America’s working men and women this Labor Day, for many Americans, the holiday meant putting away our summer clothes and writing the last chapter of another summer come and gone. This year, for the second year in a row, OSHA conducted […]

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Benchmarking Success: Electronic Filing off to Strong Start

Filed in DOL by on September 21, 2012 1 Comment

Now that most unions have filed their 2011 annual financial reports, it’s time for a progress report on our new Electronic Forms System.  The Electronic Forms System − or EFS for short − is a secure, no-cost, Web-based system for unions to file their annual financial reports with the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  […]

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Supporting our Community Colleges in Training a 21st Century Workforce

Supporting our Community Colleges in Training a 21st Century Workforce

Community colleges are very important to the fabric of our society.  For millions of Americans, community colleges offer quality education at an affordable price.  Today, community colleges serve as one of our nation’s most innovative pathways to train our workforce for jobs available now and into the future.   President Obama also understands the importance of […]

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Awareness Raising Works

Filed in Child Labor, DOL by on September 20, 2012 0 Comments
Awareness Raising Works

Educating parents and communities can help protect children from the worst forms of child labor – work that threatens their health, thwarts their education and limits their futures. This tale of three villages in Benin, a country in West Africa, shows how effective raising awareness can be. All three villages are poor, and in all […]

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Celebrating Citizenship Day by Welcoming New Americans

Filed in Secretary Solis by on September 20, 2012 0 Comments
Celebrating Citizenship Day by Welcoming New Americans

Last Saturday, I delivered the keynote address at a naturalization ceremony held at Kenmore Middle School in Virginia. More than 400 immigrants from 76 countries became American citizens. It was such an honor to share in that special moment, just two days before the beginning of Constitution Week. Each year we recognize September 17 as […]

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Low Cost, High Impact

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Workplace Rights by on September 19, 2012 0 Comments

As any consumer knows, costs are continually rising. While I don’t want to reveal my exact age, suffice it to say that I remember when a candy bar could be purchased with just a few coins and going to the movies didn’t require advanced financial planning. From goods to services, it seems that prices only […]

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