Archive for November, 2012

Time’s up: Ending Chronic Delinquency in Union Reporting

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 29, 2012 2 Comments

During the past three years, the Office of Labor-Management Standards has worked closely with international unions on many initiatives, including improving on-time filing of annual financial reports and increasing bonding compliance by affiliates.  Most recently, we’ve worked closely with internationals to improve utilization of our electronic filing system, EFS.  Significant progress has been made on […]

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Hall of Heroes Provides Inspiration for Job Corps Students

Filed in DOL by on November 28, 2012 4 Comments
Hall of Heroes Provides Inspiration for Job Corps Students

Every day is Veteran’s Day at the Oneonta Job Corps Academy in Oneonta, New York; at least for anyone who pauses in the intersection of the main building known as the Hall of Heroes. Here, framed by a patriotic red, white, and blue paint scheme, and American and armed forces flags, are the names and […]

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Support Your Local Merchants Saturday and “Shop Small”

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on November 23, 2012 4 Comments
Support Your Local Merchants Saturday and “Shop Small”

Hard-working small business owners—and their employees—have weathered a recession, the credit crunch, growing foreign competition and natural disasters to keep their doors open and our recovery moving. Now that the turkey, stuffing and gravy has digested, we all have an opportunity to show our appreciation to America’s most resilient job creators by “shopping small” tomorrow. […]

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What’s Your Connection?

Filed in Disabilities by on November 21, 2012 2 Comments

Connected. It’s a term that gets discussed a lot these days. And in the era of smartphones and tablet computers, there’s no denying that today we’re more connected than ever. But the true meaning of the word is much more basic in nature. To be connected is to be brought together—and this spirit of togetherness […]

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Six Degrees of Job Creation

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Web Apps by on November 20, 2012 2 Comments
Six Degrees of Job Creation

Mark Granovetter coined the phrase “the strength of weak ties” in 1973 to describe a job-seeking phenomenon: that a large network of acquaintances is a powerful job-hunting tool. Our closest friends know many of the same people we know, he argued. But our more distant friends have different connections – and those connections can be […]

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Crowd Management is Something to be Grateful For

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on November 19, 2012 3 Comments
Crowd Management is Something to be Grateful For

While many Americans are going back for seconds this Thanksgiving, others will be jetting out of the house to take advantage of massive holiday sales, some of which even begin Thanksgiving night. Department stores and retailers across the country have huge sales events, creating massive lines waiting for the doors to open. The frenzied crowd […]

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Manufacturing Skilled Workers

Filed in DOL by on November 11, 2012 6 Comments
Manufacturing Skilled Workers

If you had to guess what keeps owners of small manufacturing companies like EJ Ajax up at night, you’d probably say, “global competition.” But you’d be wrong. My third-generation precision metal-forming company is holding its own on the world stage, with more than a third of our total production exported to Europe, the Caribbean, China, […]

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Veterans Day 2012: Honoring Heroic Sacrifice

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on November 9, 2012 4 Comments
Veterans Day 2012: Honoring Heroic Sacrifice

On Monday, America will celebrate the sacrifices of the men and women who’ve served their country in the armed forces. I strongly believe that the best way we can honor our veterans is to employ them. We’ve now lowered our unemployment rate for our veterans to 6.3 percent – well below the national average – […]

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No Wrong Door at the Department of Labor

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 8, 2012 2 Comments
No Wrong Door at the Department of Labor

We’ve all had customer service experiences that were less than stellar. Whether it’s banking with your credit card company, dining at a restaurant or dealing with an insurance provider, sometimes getting courteous and effective service can be a challenge. But it shouldn’t be a challenge to access your own government. At the Office of Federal […]

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