Labor Day 2010

Working Together for a Future of Safe Jobs

Working Together for a Future of Safe Jobs

Yesterday, I had the privilege of sitting down with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and about 30 business owners and industry leaders representing an important part of the nation’s mining sector to discuss mine safety, jobs, skills and training needs, and preparing for the future. Secretary Perez, the industry, and Department of Labor participants laid […]

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Beyond the Days of Labor: Planning a Secure Retirement

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Beyond the Days of Labor: Planning a Secure Retirement

Labor Day is a time when we celebrate the achievements of the American worker.  It also is an opportunity to recognize the important role that the labor movement has played in contributing to the current and future economic security of workers and their families, through their advocacy of workplace health and pension benefits, and to […]

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Through Tragedy, Comes Change

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Labor Day is an opportunity to honor our nation’s workers.  Since I have lived and worked around miners all of my adult life, I take great pride in acknowledging the hard work and dedication they bring to the job.  It’s no secret that mining is a hazardous occupation, and those who choose this path are […]

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A Time of Celebration, Sacrifice, and Reflection

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A Time of Celebration, Sacrifice, and Reflection

Labor Day for me has always been a time of celebration and reflection.  Like most union members, I celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the labor movement. A short list includes the restrictions on child labor and homework, minimum wages, the eight-hour day, health and safety legislation and contract language, fringe benefit programs and wages that have […]

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Labor Day by the Numbers

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Labor Day by the Numbers

As we enter Labor Day 2010, it’s no secret that the last couple of years have been very tough for our Nation’s labor market.  Millions of people have lost their jobs and unemployment has reached levels no one is happy about.  Some good news is that we have seen modest private sector job growth every […]

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Working Smarter for our Nation’s Veterans

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Working Smarter for our Nation’s Veterans

As we look forward to Labor Day, it’s not only a day to relax and enjoy some time off with our families, but it is also a day for all Americans to reflect on the tremendous job and  sacrifices that our Veterans, our Service Members and their families endure for us on a daily basis.  […]

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The First Monday in September

The First Monday in September

Like many great American inventions, Labor Day was born in New York City. While the exact history is ambiguous, we do know that 128 years ago, the Central Labor Council of New York hosted a celebration to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Over the years […]

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Making the Global Economy Work for Workers

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Making the Global Economy Work for Workers

As we’ve learned, financial shocks can reverberate around the globe, but so can policies that create jobs, protect the rights of workers, and reward their hard work.  If workers abroad have decent jobs and working conditions, they can afford to buy what they produce- and what U.S. workers produce. But if workers in other countries […]

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The State of the American Worker

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For me, Labor Day has always been a day to celebrate the contributions that working men and women have made to the strength and prosperity of the country. Yet I know that as we mark Labor Day in 2010, many workers across the country continue to feel more anxious than festive. That’s why this year, […]

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Making Laws Count

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Making Laws Count

We are a nation of law. And on Labor Day, we should celebrate the laws that protect our nation’s workers and their families – their rights to a safe and healthy workplace, to be paid a minimum wage, and to properly-managed health and retirement accounts, to name just a few. But laws on the books […]

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