Archive for November, 2013

Make the Connection With Job Corps

Filed in DOL, Job Corps by on November 29, 2013 1 Comment
Make the Connection With Job Corps

In the United Kingdom and some Asian countries, they call them “NEETs” − young people ages 16 through 24 who are not in education, employment or training. Some Spanish-speaking countries use the term “ni-ni” as short for ni estudia ni trabaja, neither study nor work. At the Labor Department’s Job Corps program, we don’t have […]

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Arnie Becker, Meet Atticus Finch

Arnie Becker, Meet Atticus Finch

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted from the Huffington Post. Back in 1989, applications to our nation’s law schools reached a record high. The reason? An NBC show airing on Thursday nights called “L.A. Law” was on top of the entertainment TV ratings. A New York Times article the following year noted that the show had “come […]

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Report from the Road: Community Colleges Leveraging Partnerships for Economic Growth

Report from the Road: Community Colleges Leveraging Partnerships for Economic Growth

If you have had the chance to step onto a community college campus recently, you know the special role they are playing in rebuilding the American economy. Over the last three years, this administration has made unprecedented investments in the community college system through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training − or […]

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Holiday Belt-Tightening for Minimum Wage Workers

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage by on November 26, 2013 5 Comments

“I’m living out of a spare room at my children’s house.” “I’m working 70 hours a week…my day starts at 6am…I want to go to college, [but] I don’t have time [and] I can’t afford it.” “I shouldn’t have to decide: am I going to pay the electric bill or do I pay the heat? […]

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Labor Rights Dialogue in the Americas

Filed in DOL by on November 26, 2013 0 Comments
Labor Rights Dialogue in the Americas

Just this month, at a meeting of the Organization of American States, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the need to redefine the U.S. relationship with our hemispheric neighbors. This new era, Secretary Kerry said, will require us to make decisions together “as partners to advance the values and the interests that we share.” Two weeks […]

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The Role of Disability in the ‘Books That Shaped Work in America’

Filed in Centennial, Disabilities, DOL by on November 25, 2013 0 Comments
The Role of Disability in the ‘Books That Shaped Work in America’

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on the disability.gov blog. In honor of our centennial this year, the U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, has created an exciting project called Books that Shaped Work in America. To get an initial list started, we asked […]

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Model Training Partnerships – at Home and Abroad

Filed in DOL by on November 25, 2013 2 Comments
Model Training Partnerships – at Home and Abroad

Editor’s note: The following is cross-posted from the U.S. Commerce Department’s blog. Strong partnerships between employers, educational institutions and local communities are essential for effective workforce training programs. The Department of Labor is making investments through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program (known as TAACCCT), as well as the recently announced Youth […]

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Fast Action

Filed in Secretary Perez by on November 22, 2013 0 Comments
Fast Action

In 1968, in the thick of the farmworkers’ struggle to gain basic rights and relief from brutal mistreatment, Cesar Chavez didn’t just march or strike or demonstrate − he fasted in order to raise awareness about his movement and highlight the importance of nonviolent resistance. Today, a new generation of activists is going without all […]

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Offering Safety and Health Assistance to Tornado Damaged Communities

Filed in DOL, Safety by on November 21, 2013 1 Comment

Created with flickr slideshow. Dealing with natural disasters and the devastating impact on people’s personal life is always a difficult task, but when disaster strikes your own community, finding a way to help takes on a whole new meaning. The rare November EF-4 tornado that extensively damaged Washington, Sunday, Nov. 17, struck close to home […]

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Building Ladders of Opportunity for Immigrant and American Workers

Building Ladders of Opportunity for Immigrant and American Workers

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in Spanish as an op-ed on Univision.com. I am the son of immigrants. My family’s story is an immigrant story. It is an American story. My parents were born in the Dominican Republic, and my maternal grandfather was ambassador to the United States until he spoke out against […]

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