Archive for September, 2013

Transforming Dreams for Child Laborers

Filed in Child Labor, Education, Workplace Rights by on September 30, 2013 1 Comment
Transforming Dreams for Child Laborers

This photograph from one of our projects in Malawi captures what’s at stake in the global fight against child labor. In it, we see children who have escaped child labor standing outside of a learning center holding up signs that express their dreams for the future. The boy in the center of the photo holds […]

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Hollywood Comes to the Potomac on Behalf of Veterans

Filed in DOL, Veterans by on September 28, 2013 0 Comments
Hollywood Comes to the Potomac on Behalf of Veterans

A buzz shot through the Washington offices of the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service late one September day when the staff learned that he was coming for a meet and greet. The he was Marine veteran R. Lee Ermey – an iconic figure in military circles. Ermey served 11 years in the Marine […]

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The 1930s: A Nation in Crisis, a Department in Action

Filed in Centennial, DOL by on September 27, 2013 0 Comments
The 1930s: A Nation in Crisis, a Department in Action

At the start of the 1930s, the American workforce was in crisis. The Great Depression, triggered by the stock market crash of October 1929, began its 10-year stronghold on the nation, shattering lives and livelihoods. In this difficult time, the Department of Labor took on a new level of prominence, rising to the occasion with […]

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Highlights from the September #VetsJobsChat on Education and Employment

Filed in DOL, Education, Jobs, Veterans by on September 26, 2013 0 Comments

On Sept. 25, 2013, the Labor Department hosted a Twitter chat focusing on education as a pathway to employment for veterans and returning service members. The department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service – along with a number of veterans service organizations, other government agencies and employers – answered questions and shared resources for one hour. […]

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Building Careers and a Sustainable Future

Filed in Education, Green Jobs, Job Corps by on September 25, 2013 1 Comment
Building Careers and a Sustainable Future

We take environmental stewardship seriously at the Gainesville, Fla., Job Corps Center solar program. In the past year, my students have installed 8 kilowatts of Photovoltaic panels on pole mounted racks and then tied them into the center’s internal grid to supply electricity. While not replacing all of our energy usage, these panels do lower […]

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How Can We Make Our New Rules Work for You?

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Jobs, Veterans by on September 24, 2013 3 Comments
How Can We Make Our New Rules Work for You?

It’s official. Today, the same week we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act, the Federal Register published two final rules that represent a historic step forward for veterans and for people with disabilities. The Department of Labor has been working for more than three years to update and strengthen our regulations under the […]

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A #VetsJobsChat on Education as a Pathway to Employment

Filed in DOL by on September 23, 2013 0 Comments
A #VetsJobsChat on Education as a Pathway to Employment

This Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service will host a Twitter chat from 3-4 p.m. EDT on education as a pathway to employment for veterans and returning service members. Join the conversation using the hashtag #VetsJobsChat.

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Job Corps and the Power of Soft Skills

Filed in Education, Job Corps, Jobs, Workforce Development by on September 20, 2013 1 Comment
Job Corps and the Power of Soft Skills

At last month’s groundbreaking ceremony for the New Hampshire Job Corps Center, Secretary Tom Perez spoke about the importance of “soft skills” and why communication, networking, enthusiasm, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking and professionalism aren’t soft things at all. Businesses across the nation have identified soft skills as crucial to the hiring and employment success of […]

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5 Years Later, a Nation in Recovery with Challenges Still Ahead

5 Years Later, a Nation in Recovery with Challenges Still Ahead

Five years ago this week, the U.S. economy took a punch in the gut. In September of 2008, a financial crisis unlike anything most of us had ever seen sent the economy into a tailspin. It wasn’t a financial crisis affecting a few traders in lower Manhattan. It was a crisis of middle-class economic security […]

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Holding Accountable Those Who Put Workers’ Lives at Risk

Filed in Safety by on September 19, 2013 1 Comment

An editorial in the New York Times last week praised the work of federal prosecutors in West Virginia for their pursuit of justice in their investigation into the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine tragedy. Those prosecutors deserve the praise. However, the editorial misses an important point. The current laws that govern safety in the workplace […]

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