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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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Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Middle Class Worldwide

Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Middle Class Worldwide

Editor’s note: Below are remarks as prepared for delivery at the G-20 Joint Finance and Labor Ministers Meeting in Moscow on July 19, 2013. Good afternoon. Thank you to our Russian hosts for welcoming us and for their leadership in forging this first-ever opportunity for labor and finance ministers to discuss the major challenges facing […]

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A Good News Report, But We Can Do Better

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Unemployment, Workforce Investment by on July 5, 2013 1 Comment
A Good News Report, But We Can Do Better

The June jobs report reveals an economy continuing to recover at a promising rate. With the addition of 202,000 private sector jobs in June, that makes 7.2 million private sector jobs over the last 40 consecutive months of growth. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.6 percent — the 10th straight month that joblessness was below […]

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Renewing the Promise of the FLSA: Workers on the Need to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Filed in Minimum Wage by on June 27, 2013 3 Comments
Renewing the Promise of the FLSA: Workers on the Need to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Seventy-five years ago this week, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill that established the first-ever national wage floor in the United States: the Fair Labor Standards Act. This landmark law has stood the test of time, keeping our middle class strong and our workers secure for three-quarters of a century. And the best way to […]

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Fair Labor Standards Act Anniversary Reminds Us Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage by on June 25, 2013 1 Comment
Fair Labor Standards Act Anniversary Reminds Us Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

Editor’s note: This blog post by Seth Harris, Danielle Gray, Alan Krueger and Gene Sperling has been cross-posted from the White House’s blog. In his State of the Union, President Obama laid out a simple principle: “in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.” Today, we came together […]

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75 Years of Rewarding Work and Responsibility

75 Years of Rewarding Work and Responsibility

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published in the Huffington Post. Seventy-five years ago today, during one of his fireside chats, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke about the Fair Labor Standards Act, calling it one of “the most far-reaching … far-sighted program[s] for the benefit of workers ever adopted.” Roosevelt signed the bill the next […]

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Talking STEM Training in Austin

Earlier this week, I made my second visit to Austin, Texas, in as many months.  In May, I traveled with President Obama to Manor New Tech, a state-of-the-art high school using innovative teaching techniques to prepare its diverse student body for college as well as jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math – STEM […]

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Report Shows Consistent Growth, but Economy Needs a Catalyst

Report Shows Consistent Growth, but Economy Needs a Catalyst

The May jobs report offers more encouraging evidence that the U.S. economy continues to rebound at a steady, moderate rate with a total of 178,000 new private sector jobs added in May. That makes 39 straight months of growth. In a little more than three years, the economy has now generated just shy of 7 million […]

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Collaborating to Build a More Inclusive Workforce

Filed in DOL by on June 4, 2013 1 Comment
Collaborating to Build a More Inclusive Workforce

Editor’s note: This blog post was adapted from remarks delivered at “Building a More Inclusive Workforce: A National Summit to Boost Education and Employment Outcomes for Americans with Disabilities” in Wilmington, Del., on May 31, 2013. President Obama has said that the middle class is the engine of America’s economic growth and that we must […]

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Working Hard for the Minimum Wage

Working Hard for the Minimum Wage

Editor’s note: This blog was originally published as an op-ed in the Akron Beacon Journal Online. ReJeanne, a young mother who lives in Akron, Ohio, dreams of owning her own restaurant. Right now, however, things are tough and she’s struggling to get by while earning the minimum wage at a restaurant owned by someone else. […]

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