Books that Shaped Work in America

Our Lost Poet

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Our Lost Poet

Worlds collided when the nation’s Poet Laureate came to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was a moment of discordance: a room filled with the scientists and engineers of OSHA – people who work in absolutes, in things measurable and provable – speaking with a man whose work was by its nature ineffable, exploring […]

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Reading About Workers Who Can

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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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Stories of Work: Sí, se puede

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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

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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

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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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Catherwood Library Takes on the Books that Shaped Work in America

Catherwood Library Takes on the Books that Shaped Work in America

Editor’s note: The following guest post is co-authored by Aliqae Geraci, a research librarian at the Martin P. Catherwood Library, part of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University; and Jessica Withers, a library communications and development assistant. Stay tuned for several additions to the list of Books that Shaped Work in […]

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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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