Carl Fillichio

Carl Fillichio heads the Labor Department’s Office of Public Affairs.

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A Lesson from Black History: “Have Faith and Stay Positive”

Filed in DOL by on February 18, 2015 1 Comment
A Lesson from Black History: “Have Faith and Stay Positive”

Editor’s Note: This originally ran on the Huffington Post blog. View the original here.  If you grew up in Chicago in the 1960s and early 1970s, like I did, you knew who Addie Wyatt was. And if you saw her walking serenely down the street, you never would have pegged her as a meatpacker. But that’s […]

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Reading About Workers Who Can

Filed in Books that Shaped Work in America by on October 30, 2014 0 Comments
Reading About Workers Who Can

“Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.” That advice comes from author and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and every day at the Labor Department, we see how jobs provide dignity and purpose for workers across the nation. Unfortunately, we know that people with disabilities, like Hawking, […]

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Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit LGBT Families

Filed in Minimum Wage by on October 29, 2014 0 Comments
Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit LGBT Families

LGBT Americans have made great strides in acceptance in recent years, and as the result of actions across the country and those initiated by President Obama, they enjoy more rights than at any other time in our nation’s history. With greater acceptance and protections, LGBT Americans have a better shot at climbing the ladders of […]

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Stories of Work: Sí, se puede

Filed in Books that Shaped Work in America by on October 14, 2014 0 Comments
Stories of Work: Sí, se puede

Editor’s Note: This has been cross-posted on The Huffington Post. View the original here. Each year, from September 15 to October 15, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate the Latino culture and the contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage […]

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Banned Books Don’t Work

Filed in Books that Shaped Work in America by on September 26, 2014 0 Comments
Banned Books Don’t Work

Editor’s Note: This has been cross-posted on The Huffington Post. Banned Books Week is an annual event that reminds us of our freedom to read. It is a project of the American Library Association that is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress – our partner in the U.S. Department […]

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For Labor Day, Work Through This List

Filed in Books that Shaped Work in America by on August 29, 2014 1 Comment
For Labor Day, Work Through This List

“Labor Day differs in every essential from the other holidays of the year in any country,” Samuel Gompers, the founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor, once said. “All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord […]

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Some Books We Can Take Pride In

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

My mentor, former Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman used to often say that “work is more than a source of income; it is also a source of dignity.” That quote is particularly relevant for LGBT workers, and it illustrates the importance of identifying and highlighting ways that foster and promote the dignity of all work and […]

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A Stamp of Approval

A Stamp of Approval

Earlier this afternoon, I was stirred once again by the life of Harvey Milk when, surrounded by some his closest associates and beneficiaries of his legacy, I had the honor of attending the dedication of a U.S. postage stamp commemorating his life and work. The event was held at the White House. It’s a fitting honor […]

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Making Your Summer Reading List? Don’t Forget to Pack Some ‘Work’

Making Your Summer Reading List? Don’t Forget to Pack Some ‘Work’

Not everyone has the luxury of taking time away from work this summer, but if you do, a few compelling reads should be essential items for your suitcase or beach bag. Need ideas? The U.S. Department of Labor launched its Books that Shaped Work in America initiative in 2013, and the ever-growing list holds some […]

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Women’s History is Our History: Part Two

Women’s History is Our History: Part Two

Last week, in honor of Women’s History Month, I suggested five titles worth reading from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Books that Shaped Work in America list. This week, I’m suggesting four more because, as we seek to improve the future for working women, it’s so important to reflect on where we’ve been. Earlier this year, in his State […]

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