Archive for January, 2014

Apprenticeship: Pathway to Opportunity

Apprenticeship: Pathway to Opportunity

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted from the Huffington Post. In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for “more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life.” I couldn’t agree more, because I’ve seen firsthand the success of apprenticeships at companies across the nation in my first 6 […]

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Workforce and Industry Partnerships in the State of the Union

Workforce and Industry Partnerships in the State of the Union

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the valuable role played by the public workforce system in partnering with employers to get Americans into good jobs. Sitting with the First Lady on Tuesday night was Andra Rush, CEO of Detroit Manufacturing Systems. Her story — working with her local American Job Center […]

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“Big Block of Cheese Day”: Open for Questions with Secretary Perez

Filed in DOL by on January 30, 2014 0 Comments

Following the President’s State of the Union address, the White House hosted “Big Block of Cheese Day” — a  nod to a 1,400 pound block of cheese that sat in the main foyer of the White House while visitors came for an open house during the inauguration of Andrew Jackson in 1837. On Wednesday, the  day-long […]

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Raising the Minimum Wage Means a Stronger Bottom Line

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage by on January 30, 2014 3 Comments
Raising the Minimum Wage Means a Stronger Bottom Line

The author, Gina Schaefer, is the owner of A Few Cool Hardware Stores, a group of nine Ace Hardware stores in Washington, D.C., and Maryland. As a small business owner, I am a firm believer that raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do. It will mean more money in the hands of […]

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America Deserves a Raise

America Deserves a Raise

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted from the Huffington Post. It’s time to give America a raise.  That was one of the basic, core messages in President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.  He called on Congress to do what 21 states and the District of Columbia have already done – increase the […]

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The 1970s: Bringing Safety to the Forefront

Filed in Centennial, DOL, Mining, Retirement, Safety, Workplace Rights by on January 30, 2014 1 Comment
The 1970s: Bringing Safety to the Forefront

The U.S. Department of Labor first came into my life in 1979, when I was 15. That was when I got my first job. I was an usher at a cinema in my hometown of Boca Raton, Fla. It was a great gig; I got paid and got to see movies for free! But I also learned about […]

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Mad Men, Working Women and Fair Pay

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Women by on January 29, 2014 2 Comments
Mad Men, Working Women and Fair Pay

President Obama demonstrated his commitment to equal pay with the first bill he signed as president: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009. In his State of the Union address five years later, President Obama again made a forceful argument for equal pay. “Today, women make up about half our workforce,” he […]

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The State of the Union: Empowering the Middle Class, Getting the Unemployed Back in the Game

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Secretary Perez, Unemployment by on January 29, 2014 6 Comments
The State of the Union: Empowering the Middle Class, Getting the Unemployed Back in the Game

In his State of the Union address last night, the President laid out a strong vision based on opportunity, action and optimism. It has at its core a belief that America is strong when the middle class is strong. Misty DeMars of Oak Park, Ill., had a great seat for it – right between First […]

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A True American Success Story: Detroit Manufacturing Systems

A True American Success Story: Detroit Manufacturing Systems

I met Andra Rush, the CEO of Detroit Manufacturing Systems, when I toured her facility back in December. There aren’t many stories more American than that of Detroit Manufacturing Systems, so I am thrilled the president just touted her incredible success in the State of the Union address. Editor’s note: Secretary Perez will join a […]

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Apprenticeship 101: Earn While You Learn

Filed in Apprenticeship, DOL, Education, Jobs, Workforce Development by on January 28, 2014 13 Comments
Apprenticeship 101: Earn While You Learn

How would you like to receive a paycheck while being trained in a high-skill occupation that has a starting salary around $50,000? If that sounds appealing, you might want to consider participating in a Registered Apprenticeship program. What is an apprenticeship? Most Americans are familiar with the concept of an apprenticeship: the apprentice, or trainee, […]

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