Archive for January, 2013

A Moment for Renewal

A Moment for Renewal

After spending twelve of the last twenty years working at the Department of Labor, it is an honor and privilege to serve as the acting secretary of labor. The Labor Department’s work to fulfill the goal of Good Jobs for Everyone remains, as ever, in progress. Millions of people depend on the Labor Department to […]

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Keeping Contract Workers Safe, Worldwide

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on January 31, 2013 4 Comments

Dealing with on-the-job injuries and lost work days can be difficult for both the employees who have been injured and their employers. Yet, when employees are injured while working overseas, the surrounding issues can be even more challenging. Making sure civilian workers and their families receive insurance benefits in the event of an injury, or […]

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Reflecting on the Connections Between Us

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on January 30, 2013 1 Comment
Reflecting on the Connections Between Us

In the critically acclaimed film, “The Sessions,” John Hawkes delivers a sensitive and moving portrayal of real-life journalist and poet Mark O’Brien. As a result of contracting polio as a child, O’Brien was paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on an iron lung, which he could leave for only limited amounts of time. While […]

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A Voice for Women Veterans

Filed in DOL, Women, Workforce Development by on January 29, 2013 66 Comments
A Voice for Women Veterans

Earlier this month, I was honored to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a congresswoman from Illinois. As a helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, she lost both her legs and the partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack. A record 98 women − 101 counting nonvoting members − now […]

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Job Corps Goes Green

Job Corps Goes Green

When you’re an old building, it’s not easy being green − and the average Labor Department building is about 40 years old. The department’s Job Corps faces a tremendous challenge in this area, in that the program’s facilities account for 99 percent of the department’s buildings. Executive Order 13514 requires federal agencies to meet certain […]

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Beginnings and Endings: My Journey of Public Service

Filed in Secretary Solis by on January 22, 2013 20 Comments

It has been an honor to be your secretary of labor. Today, as I prepared to say farewell, I decided that I wanted to share my experience through journeys, and through beginnings and endings, because that reflects what’s in my mind, and more importantly, what is in my heart at this present moment. Thirty-two years […]

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Today, We Serve

Filed in Secretary Solis by on January 19, 2013 2 Comments
Today, We Serve

What inspires us to serve? What is it about our national character that makes service to others such an essential part of what unites us as a people? Many would say that it comes from the founding principles that were enshrined in our Constitution. Or that it was instilled in us by people who changed […]

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Stewardship, Service and Skills for the Future

Stewardship, Service and Skills for the Future

Overwhelmed by America’s natural beauty,  President Theodore Roosevelt once declared, “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” The appreciation for America’s great outdoors combined with a sense of […]

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New Year, New Way to File Form LM-30

Filed in DOL, Education by on January 18, 2013 0 Comments

If you are a union official who needs to file a Form LM-30 (Labor Organization Officer and Employee Report) this year, you can now file it using the same Office of Labor-Management Standards Electronic Forms System (EFS) your union has been using to file its annual financial report (Form LM-2, LM-3 or LM-4). Visit this […]

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Giving Youth the Chance to Succeed

Today the Employment and Training Administration made $75 million in grants available for the YouthBuild program. If you represent a public or private nonprofit organization with experience serving at-risk youth in YouthBuild or other similar programs, I encourage you to apply for a grant. YouthBuild is an effective program for helping young people get good […]

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