Tag: President Obama

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Fair Treatment Under the Law

Filed in DOL, Women, Workplace Rights by on August 12, 2014 1 Comment
What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Fair Treatment Under the Law

Editor’s note: This is the first blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace. Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that Triple T Foods, a pet food processor in Arkansas, will pay a $30,000 settlement to […]

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“My Brother’s Keeper”: Not a Person to Spare

Filed in DOL, Secretary Perez by on March 3, 2014 2 Comments
“My Brother’s Keeper”: Not a Person to Spare

President Obama’s opportunity agenda – his belief that success should be determined by hard work and personal responsibility, not the circumstances of your birth – extends to every American. But perhaps no community more urgently needs a hand up on the ladder of opportunity than young men of color. That’s why the president announced a […]

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A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed

A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed

As part of his plan to build an economy where everybody who is willing to work hard and take responsibility can get ahead, President Obama is focused on doing everything we can to create new jobs here in America – while also connecting more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs. That’s why this week the administration […]

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Apprenticeship: Pathway to Opportunity

Apprenticeship: Pathway to Opportunity

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted from the Huffington Post. In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for “more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life.” I couldn’t agree more, because I’ve seen firsthand the success of apprenticeships at companies across the nation in my first 6 […]

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Mad Men, Working Women and Fair Pay

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Women by on January 29, 2014 2 Comments
Mad Men, Working Women and Fair Pay

President Obama demonstrated his commitment to equal pay with the first bill he signed as president: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009. In his State of the Union address five years later, President Obama again made a forceful argument for equal pay. “Today, women make up about half our workforce,” he […]

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The State of the Union: Empowering the Middle Class, Getting the Unemployed Back in the Game

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Secretary Perez, Unemployment by on January 29, 2014 6 Comments
The State of the Union: Empowering the Middle Class, Getting the Unemployed Back in the Game

In his State of the Union address last night, the President laid out a strong vision based on opportunity, action and optimism. It has at its core a belief that America is strong when the middle class is strong. Misty DeMars of Oak Park, Ill., had a great seat for it – right between First […]

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A True American Success Story: Detroit Manufacturing Systems

A True American Success Story: Detroit Manufacturing Systems

I met Andra Rush, the CEO of Detroit Manufacturing Systems, when I toured her facility back in December. There aren’t many stories more American than that of Detroit Manufacturing Systems, so I am thrilled the president just touted her incredible success in the State of the Union address. Editor’s note: Secretary Perez will join a […]

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A Labor Day Opportunity

A Labor Day Opportunity

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted on the Huffington Post. Labor Day 2013 is special. This year marks the centennial of the U.S. Department of Labor – 100 years of working for America’s workers. And this past week, our nation reaffirmed the ideals of the 1963 March on Washington. This transformational event, exactly 50 years […]

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Tearing Down Walls that Keep Veterans from Good Jobs

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Unemployment, Veterans by on August 20, 2013 1 Comment
Tearing Down Walls that Keep Veterans from Good Jobs

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Some of us remember exactly where we were at the time that President Reagan made that monumental statement during his speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. It was a momentous occasion for many people, including the millions of Berliners who had been involuntarily separated from each other for […]

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Raising the minimum wage: The right thing to do, the smart thing to do

Raising the minimum wage: The right thing to do, the smart thing to do

To create opportunity for American workers, we must ensure that they can earn enough to support a family and afford life’s very basics. Tomorrow, it will be exactly four years since our low-wage workers last saw a raise. Now more than ever, we must renew the call to increase the minimum wage. If you work full […]

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