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One Year of MBK: We All Succeed When We All Succeed

One Year of MBK: We All Succeed When We All Succeed

This weekend, I’ll have the privilege of traveling to Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” when peaceful demonstrators were brutally attacked by police as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was a seminal moment in the civil rights movement that would lead, five months later, to the passage of the […]

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Celebrating Our Heritage and New Opportunities

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Celebrating Our Heritage and New Opportunities

Today is the 171st anniversary of the independence of the Dominican Republic, the country where my family came from. My mother arrived in the 1930s when her father was appointed ambassador to the U.S. After my grandfather spoke out against the brutal dictator in power, he was declared “non grata.” My father fled the regime […]

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If You’re Saving for Retirement, This Matters To You:

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If You’re Saving for Retirement, This Matters To You:

What’s the difference between a doctor, a lawyer, and a financial adviser? It may sound like a bad joke, but it’s a dead serious question. When you go to a doctor or a lawyer, you expect that the advice you get is in your best interest. That’s because lawyers and doctors have an obligation to […]

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Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month

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Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month

During Black History Month, I’m reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers’ rights. Perhaps no one better personifies that link than A. Philip Randolph, the first African-American inducted into the Labor Department’s Hall of Honor. A native Floridian, Randolph moved to New York City […]

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A New Approach to Expanding Job-Driven Training

A New Approach to Expanding Job-Driven Training

When Vice President Biden launched the Job-Driven Training initiative last year, he set in motion unprecedented collaboration across the federal government. Thirteen agencies, in partnership with the White House, reviewed federal training programs to ensure that they help ready-to-work Americans prepare for ready-to-fill, high-demand jobs and careers. For example, when the Department of Agriculture looked […]

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Latest Jobs Report Shows a Dynamic Recovery

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Latest Jobs Report Shows a Dynamic Recovery

2015 is picking up right where 2014 left off – with strong, steady, sustained job growth that is leading a dynamic recovery. Employers and workers alike are showing renewed confidence in the economy, which added 257,000 jobs in January (267,000 in the private sector). Private employers have now created 11.8 million jobs over the last […]

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A Day in the Life: Salt Lake City, Utah

During his State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, President Obama laid out his vision for expanding opportunity for Americans. Building on this message, Secretary Perez traveled to Tucson, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah, this week to talk with business and community leaders about ways to help more people secure a foothold in the middle […]

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A Day in The Life: Tucson, Arizona

A Day in The Life: Tucson, Arizona

During the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, President Obama talked about the progress our nation has made since the recession. He also shared his plan for what else can be done to help more people secure good jobs and climb the ladder of success. This week, Secretary Perez traveled to Tucson, Arizona, to echo […]

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2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

The U.S. economy closed out 2014 on a continued hot streak – 252,000 new jobs in December alone, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.6 percent. Our businesses have added 11.2 million jobs over 58 straight months, the longest streak of job growth on record. To recap the year, Secretary Perez answered your questions about […]

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“All Labor Has Dignity”: King’s Other Legacy

“All Labor Has Dignity”: King’s Other Legacy

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the Huffington Post Blog. View the original here.  A few weeks ago, I saw Selma, a remarkable movie about the unbreakable persistence and moral leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans in the Jim Crow south. But what the movie […]

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