Workforce Investment

Fulfilling a Promise to Help Tribal Communities

Filed in Workforce Investment by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Fulfilling a Promise to Help Tribal Communities

At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December, I gave attendees my word that the Department of Labor would clarify our grant guidelines to make sure that federally recognized tribes can apply for our various employment and training grant programs. Since then, the department has held consultation sessions with more than 150 tribal leaders […]

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Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

We tend to measure progress with numbers. During fiscal year 2014, Wage and Hour Division investigations found more than $240 million owed to more than 270,000 workers whose employers violated the law and didn’t pay them the wages they had rightfully earned. Since fiscal year 2009, we’ve recovered more than $1.3 billion in back wages […]

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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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Protecting the Fruits of Labor

Protecting the Fruits of Labor

America’s workers have received a strong return on President Obama’s investments in the Department of Labor. The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request released this week builds on that success by ensuring that hard work is rewarded and that wages and benefits, like retirement savings, are protected. It also makes available funds for paid leave […]

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Investing in America’s Middle Class

Investing in America’s Middle Class

A few weeks ago, during his State of the Union address, President Obama told the American people that, now that we are out from under the shadow of the Great Recession, it’s time for us to decide what kind of nation we are going to be for the future. “Will we accept an economy where […]

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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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The Secret to Growing Our Middle Class

Filed in Apprenticeship, DOL, Workforce Investment by on January 23, 2015 1 Comment
The Secret to Growing Our Middle Class

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on LinkedIn. View the original here.  A year ago, President Obama challenged us to double the number of apprenticeships in the U.S. over the next five years. And during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he again emphasized the importance of apprenticeships to building the strongest possible workforce. […]

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Secretary Perez Answers Paid Leave Letter Writers

Secretary Perez Answers Paid Leave Letter Writers

You may not know it, but only 12 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. have access to paid leave. That means a parent having to choose between going to work instead of staying home with a sick loved one, or a new mother having to go back to work too soon. Paid sick and family leave […]

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We’re Ready to Lead on Leave

We’re Ready to Lead on Leave

Ohio native Jason Burning moved to Frankfurt, Germany, to take a job in IT. He’s staying in Germany because of that nation’s smart working family polices. You see, Jason and his wife are expecting their second child. I met Jason during a trip to Germany last fall. When their first was born, he was able […]

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