Archive for July, 2013

A Grand Bargain for the Middle Class

A Grand Bargain for the Middle Class

I just got through reading President Obama’s speech in Chattanooga about creating jobs and ensuring a better bargain for the middle class. By proposing that corporations pay their fair share of taxes, the president is freeing up resources to invest in job-creating initiatives while also working to strengthen our skills programs and calling for fair […]

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Construction Jobs are Good Jobs – for Women, Too!

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Construction Jobs are Good Jobs – for Women, Too!

The construction industry offers a growing number of well-paying jobs for individuals without college or graduate school training. According to an article on high-employment-growth firms by the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, among 20 different industries, construction is the nation’s fifth-largest contributor to job creation, generating more than 300,000 jobs from 2009 through 2012. Construction […]

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Back in the Job Corps Family

Back in the Job Corps Family

Someone once told me that you never really leave Job Corps. As I begin my second tour as national director, I can testify to that. Over the past 8 years, I’ve carried the program with me − its successes and challenges − in my heart. I am thrilled, and honored, to be a part of […]

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Get the Download on Ladder Safety

Filed in DOL, Education, Safety, Workplace Rights by on July 25, 2013 3 Comments
Get the Download on Ladder Safety

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is learning how international collaboration and mobile technology can make for a fresh approach to educating employers and vulnerable workers about workplace safety. Last year, OSHA Director of Construction Jim Maddux delivered a presentation on OSHA’s new campaign to prevent fatal falls at the annual conference of […]

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Progress Made and Challenges Ahead: 23 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Progress Made and Challenges Ahead: 23 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act is one of our nation’s proudest civil rights triumphs. It is a watershed, transformative law that has allowed so many Americans to enjoy lives of greater dignity, opportunity and self-determination. It was a great honor today to speak at a White House celebration of the ADA’s 23rd anniversary. The ADA […]

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Raising the minimum wage: The right thing to do, the smart thing to do

Raising the minimum wage: The right thing to do, the smart thing to do

To create opportunity for American workers, we must ensure that they can earn enough to support a family and afford life’s very basics. Tomorrow, it will be exactly four years since our low-wage workers last saw a raise. Now more than ever, we must renew the call to increase the minimum wage. If you work full […]

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Day One

Day One

Today is my first day as the secretary of labor, and I couldn’t be more eager to get down to work. For 100 years, the Labor Department has been central to safeguarding and expanding the American dream for working families. As the first secretary of the department’s second century, I will focus every day on […]

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Diverse Perspectives: A Competitive Advantage

Filed in Disabilities, Workforce Development by on July 22, 2013 0 Comments
Diverse Perspectives: A Competitive Advantage

July 26 marks the 23rd anniversary of a landmark event in our nation’s history: the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Like other civil rights legislation that came before it, the ADA works to ensure a more inclusive America, one where more people have the freedom to lead full lives, pursue their dreams and […]

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Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Middle Class Worldwide

Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Middle Class Worldwide

Editor’s note: Below are remarks as prepared for delivery at the G-20 Joint Finance and Labor Ministers Meeting in Moscow on July 19, 2013. Good afternoon. Thank you to our Russian hosts for welcoming us and for their leadership in forging this first-ever opportunity for labor and finance ministers to discuss the major challenges facing […]

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We Stand Up for Women Veterans

We Stand Up for Women Veterans

When we meet a woman veteran, we are often shocked because she defies our expectations:  our expectations of who she is, our expectations of what she is capable of and where she has been … and most of all, our expectations of WHO a veteran is. Acknowledging these fundamental questions is at the very heart […]

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