Tag: Workplace Safety

Black Friday Savings Shouldn’t Cost Worker Lives

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on November 25, 2014 0 Comments
Black Friday Savings Shouldn’t Cost Worker Lives

On Thanksgiving, we gather around a table with friends and family in a day of goodwill and gratitude. It is a day to give thanks and kick off a festive holiday season. It’s sad then that all those good feelings can turn so incredibly dark the very next day, when Black Friday rolls around. Black […]

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The Journey to Safety Excellence Starts With You

Filed in Safety by on October 27, 2014 0 Comments
The Journey to Safety Excellence Starts With You

People are an employer’s most important asset. Sadly, in recent years, nearly 11 workers died on the job each day, and 5 million were injured annually. Even more difficult to bear are the estimates that 50,000 people die and another 400,000 are sickened each year because of illnesses contracted in the workplace. These numbers are […]

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6.8 Million Latino Workers (6,8 millones de Latinos)

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage, Women by on October 9, 2014 0 Comments
6.8 Million Latino Workers (6,8 millones de Latinos)

Editor’s note: The following guest blog post is authored by Kelly Fay Rodriguez, assistant to the executive vice president at AFL-CIO. During Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we will run a series of blog posts related to how we can help expand opportunity for more people in America. […]

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Want to save over 3 Billion dollars this week?

Filed in DOL, Safety by on September 20, 2014 0 Comments
Want to save over 3 Billion dollars this week?

According to the National Safety Council, which hosted its annual Congress and Expo this week in San Diego, workplace injuries and fatalities cost our economy $198.2 billion a year. You read that right, 198.2 BILLION dollars a year. That amount of money would allow every kid in America to go to college…and pay their room […]

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American Horror Story: Violence in the Workplace

Filed in DOL, Safety by on August 12, 2014 5 Comments
American Horror Story: Violence in the Workplace

The setting: Rikers Island correctional facility in New York City The scene: A group of inmates gather around a cell where an employee has been locked in a cell, while other inmates pass around a ‘hit list’ of other employees they plan to target This is not a scene from a crime drama, like Oz […]

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OSHA Releases New Resources to Help Employers Protect Workers from Hazardous Chemicals

Filed in DOL by on October 24, 2013 3 Comments
OSHA Releases New Resources to Help Employers Protect Workers from Hazardous Chemicals

From steel mills to hospitals, from construction sites to nail salons, hazardous chemical exposure is a serious concern for countless employers and workers in many, many industries, in every part of this nation. American workers use thousands of chemicals every day. And every year, tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from […]

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A Moment for Renewal

A Moment for Renewal

After spending twelve of the last twenty years working at the Department of Labor, it is an honor and privilege to serve as the acting secretary of labor. The Labor Department’s work to fulfill the goal of Good Jobs for Everyone remains, as ever, in progress. Millions of people depend on the Labor Department to […]

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DOL App Challenge puts vital information in hands of young workers

Filed in DOL, Education, Safety, Workplace Rights by on January 14, 2013 3 Comments
DOL App Challenge puts vital information in hands of young workers

The Department of Labor recently announced the winning entries of its Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. Our goal was to provide vital information on workplace rights and protections to the millions of young people who enter the workforce every year. We launched the challenge eight months ago to make use of one of our […]

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Responding to Hurricane Sandy

Filed in Jobs, Safety, Secretary Solis by on December 20, 2012 1 Comment
Responding to Hurricane Sandy

In the weeks since Hurricane Sandy swept onto shore and left a path of destruction along the East Coast, we’ve witnessed the bravery and sheer determination of the region’s residents as they recover and rebuild.   Last month, we made our way to one of the hardest-hit areas of Staten Island. Vibrant beachfronts once filled with […]

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Online Tool to Help Businesses Fight Child and Forced Labor

Around the world, roughly 215 million children toil in child labor; another 21 million people are trapped in forced labor. If these groups represented a single nation, it would be the fifth largest in the world. Governments and businesses both have a critical role to play in eradicating this problem. That is why today our […]

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