Archive for March, 2013

Fueling Corporate Accountability

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on March 29, 2013 2 Comments
Fueling Corporate Accountability

For the past few weeks, I’ve been traveling around the country listening to workers who are paid at or near the minimum wage. Their stories about trying to make ends meet − and having to make choices between  putting food on the table for their kids or filling up the gas tank so they can […]

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform: a Moral and Economic Imperative

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Investment by on March 28, 2013 3 Comments
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: a Moral and Economic Imperative

“Our beautiful America was built by a nation of strangers. From a hundred different places or more they have poured forth…joining and blending in one mighty and irresistible tide. The land flourished because it was fed from so many different sources – because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and people.” — […]

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Getting the Word Out on Workplace Safety and Health

Filed in DOL, Education, Safety, Workplace Rights by on March 26, 2013 7 Comments
Getting the Word Out on Workplace Safety and Health

  Have any friends in the medical profession? They may have recently read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s article about how nursing home staff can learn to handle duties without developing musculoskeletal disorders like back injuries. Or perhaps your cousin in cosmetology school surprised you with a fact about the hazards of formaldehyde, which […]

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The Best Case for a Minimum Wage Raise: Workers’ Stories

Filed in Jobs, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on March 22, 2013 3 Comments
The Best Case for a Minimum Wage Raise: Workers’ Stories

Earlier this week, I continued the Labor Department’s minimum wage tour in support of the president’s proposal to raise the national minimum wage.  On Wednesday, I spoke with workers in Cincinnati – where I was joined by Mayor Mark Mallory – and in Indianapolis. Like the discussions other DOL officials and I have had across […]

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Supporting Our Service Women

Filed in Jobs, Veterans, Women by on March 21, 2013 5 Comments
Supporting Our Service Women

The service of women in American war efforts is older than our nation itself. Women served as battlefield nurses, cannon loaders, spies and more during the American Revolution. Through two World Wars, tens of thousands of army nurses served overseas to care for the wounded. Some 7,000 women served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam […]

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Technology as a Tool of Inclusion

Technology as a Tool of Inclusion

Technology is a powerful thing.  When applied to how we work and play, it has the ability to optimize, accelerate and transform. Innovations that come to the market universally designed allow all of us to benefit immediately. But when those same tools − such as software, computers, online applications and mobile devices − are not accessible, they […]

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2012 Veterans Employment Report Reveals Positive Signs

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Veterans by on March 20, 2013 5 Comments
2012 Veterans Employment Report Reveals Positive Signs

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the “Employment Situation of Veterans – 2012,” a report that shows promising signs that post-9/11 veterans are finding and keeping jobs in larger numbers as our overall economy continues its steady recovery. But it also makes clear that we must continue to use every tool available to honor […]

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Back on the Road: Living With the Minimum Wage

Back on the Road: Living With the Minimum Wage

I continued my minimum wage tour yesterday with roundtables in Atlanta and Tampa. Although the cities keep changing, the powerful stories I’m hearing from their residents remain – unfortunately – much the same. I met more workers who, despite working full-time jobs, are struggling to get by on wages at or just above the federal […]

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Fair Garments…Forever

Filed in Jobs, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on March 14, 2013 1 Comment
Fair Garments…Forever

Parents have a lot on their minds when they’re out shopping for their families. Price is often a big factor, and teens can be especially conscious about brands and style. I’ve spent a long time in government, trying to make sure that workers get paid the minimum wage, so I try to spend some time […]

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Celebrating a Landmark in Mine Safety

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on March 14, 2013 1 Comment
Celebrating a Landmark in Mine Safety

On Nov. 20, 1968, an explosion ripped through the Farmington No. 9 Mine in West Virginia, leaving 78 miners dead. There was sorrow and outrage as the toll reverberated through America’s mining communities.  One year later, Congress passed the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969. But that law didn’t protect miners at […]

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