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Favorite Moments of 2015

As 2015 draws to an end, here’s a look at some of the moments that stood out from the work we do at the Labor Department. Feb. 13 With the federal tipped minimum wage stuck at $2.13 per hour since 1991, many food servers struggle to make ends meet. Secretary Perez urged support for these workers on Valentine’s Day, one of the restaurant industry’s busiest days of the year.   March 8 The 50th anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, was a reminder that civil rights and labor rights have an important connection. And, as Rep. John Lewis has said, sometimes it’s necessary to get into some “good trouble” to make sure America lives up to its promise. Instagram collage of Secretary Perez in Selma for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday   April 12 In the run up to Equal Pay Day, we shone a light on the fact that women still earn significantly less than men annually. The Labor Department was aware of this in the 1970s, as was a certain caped crusader – who we highlighted with a new video.   May 6 Stand down for what? Falls kill hundreds of workers each year and injure thousands more. That's why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration hosted the second annual National Fall Safety Stand-Down, and Deputy Secretary Chris Lu participated in one event with construction workers restoring the U.S. Capitol Dome. Deputy Secretary Chris Lu joins OSHA and construction workers for a safety stand-down at the U.S. Capitol Dome construction project   May 15 We followed Secretary Perez on his commute for Bike to Work Day and used Periscope to livestream the trip.   May 27 What advice would you give your younger self? That was the prompt behind the LinkedIn series #IfIWere22. “Over the last 30-plus years, I’ve learned a few things that I wish the younger Tom could have understood,” Secretary Perez shared.   Sept. 1 Labor Day’s origins have been disputed for decades. We presented the facts and asked you, our readers, to tell us who you believe is the real “father” of the holiday.   Oct. 7 The White House hosted a summit on worker voice to explore ways to ensure that more working Americans can share in the benefits of the economic growth that they are helping to create. We asked people to #StartTheConvo in their workplaces and thousands joined in the discussion online.   Oct. 15 Dan McCleese took over Secretary Perez’s Twitter account for a day to show how a lack of paid family leave has been a challenge for him and his wife since the birth of their daughter. Screenshot of when Dan McCleese took over Secretary Perez's Twitter account   Nov. 3 During the first National Apprenticeship Week, apprentices at an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training facility in Maryland gave Secretary Perez a chance to test his skills. For more on the past year at the Labor Department, check out our top 10 blog posts. And what's next in 2016? Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find out!

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