Archive for October, 2013

100 Days on the Job

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100 Days on the Job

Created with flickr slideshow. A few observations on my 100th day as U.S. Secretary of Labor: On every one of those days, I have been awed by the expertise and dedication of the Labor Department’s employees.  And believe me, at no time was their contribution more apparent and appreciated than during the 16 days when […]

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Today in History: Mine Rescue Day

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Today in History: Mine Rescue Day

Since mining began in our nation, many in the mining community have been called upon to rescue miners trapped by mine fires, explosions, roof falls, inundations of water or harmful gases and other emergency conditions in coal and metal and nonmetal mines. Those rescuers are miners, mine supervisors, trainers and safety specialists, state and federal […]

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POV is a Powerful Enforcement Mechanism

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Where mine safety is concerned, few enforcement tools are as effective as the pattern of violations (POV) notice. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) — the agency which I oversee — is authorized to issue a POV notice to mine operators that demonstrate a disregard for the health and safety of miners through a […]

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Career Exploration: A Critical Experience for All Youth

Career Exploration: A Critical Experience for All Youth

As another ODEP-led National Disability Employment Awareness Month draws to a close, I am heartened by all the fantastic ways individuals and organizations have worked to spread the spirit of this year’s theme, Because We Are EQUAL to the Task. This spirit was perhaps most evident on Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), which this year served […]

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After Three Decades, Reinstating Key Black Lung Benefits

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After Three Decades, Reinstating Key Black Lung Benefits

At the Department of Labor, we have the opportunity to improve the lives of many people every day. Both the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) are dedicated to improving the lives of America’s coal miners, their dependents and survivors. Although MSHA continues to work with the […]

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OSHA Releases New Resources to Help Employers Protect Workers from Hazardous Chemicals

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OSHA Releases New Resources to Help Employers Protect Workers from Hazardous Chemicals

From steel mills to hospitals, from construction sites to nail salons, hazardous chemical exposure is a serious concern for countless employers and workers in many, many industries, in every part of this nation. American workers use thousands of chemicals every day. And every year, tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from […]

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Continuing on the Road to Recovery

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Continuing on the Road to Recovery

In the September jobs report the economy added 148,000 total nonfarm jobs in September. With the addition of 126,000 private-sector jobs, that makes a total of over 7.6 million new private-sector jobs over the last 43 consecutive months of growth. The monthly unemployment rate inched downward to 7.2 percent and has been below 8 percent […]

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The 1940s: The “Greatest Generation” Workforce Mobilizes for War

The 1940s:  The “Greatest Generation” Workforce Mobilizes for War

I’m a firm believer that understanding the past means more than memorizing dates, but there’s a handful any serious student of American history should be able to recite.  Without a doubt, one of them is Dec. 7, 1941 — when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, triggering America’s entry […]

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NDEAM 2013: Because We Are EQUAL to the Task

NDEAM 2013: Because We Are EQUAL to the Task

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time each year when we as a nation celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and assess our progress toward building a workforce that welcomes the skills and talents of all qualified individuals. The theme for this year’s observance is “Because We Are EQUAL to the […]

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