Paying It Forward: Investing in the Future of Hispanic Americans

by Heidi Shierholz October 14, 2014

At the beginning of National Hispanic American Heritage Month, Secretary Perez emphasized the importance of expanding opportunity for Latinos, writing: The strength of our economy in the decades to come depends on investing in them, their skills and their education. Closing opportunity gaps isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s the only sensible strategy [...]

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Stories of Work: Sí, se puede

by Carl Fillichio October 14, 2014

Editor’s Note: This has been cross-posted on The Huffington Post. View the original here. Each year, from September 15 to October 15, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate the Latino culture and the contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage [...]

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It Must Stop

by Kathy Pierce October 10, 2014

Chad Weller was a communication tower technician. He worked to bring you the cell service you use every day to text your friends or navigate your route to work. He loved his job, and he took great pride in providing this service for you and me. Chad had a heart of gold and a contagious [...]

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In Cities Across the Country, Opportunity is Making a Comeback

by Mayor Bill de Blasio October 10, 2014

New York City just became the most recent city in the nation to answer President Obama’s call to raise wages for working families. Last Tuesday, alongside Labor Secretary Perez, I signed an executive order immediately raising our living wage to $13.13. Workers at companies receiving more than $1 million in City subsidy will benefit from [...]

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Out at Work

by Mary Beth Maxwell October 9, 2014

On National Coming Out Day, Saturday, October 11, we reflect on the courage it takes to come out to our friends and our families, and we celebrate the power of that act. For so many LGBT people, this is a pivotal moment in our lives, a moment when we finally shake off the burden of [...]

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

by Kelly M. Fay Rodriguez October 9, 2014

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. For [...]

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The American Dream Needs a Fair Minimum Wage

by Lew Prince October 9, 2014

Editors Note:This is cross-posted on the White House blog. See the original post here. My life is a tribute to the American Dream. My business partner and I started with 300 record albums and a $20 booth at the local farmers market in 1979. Today, Vintage Vinyl is the largest independent music store in the [...]

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The Other 4-Year Degree

by Secretary Tom Perez October 9, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following article originally ran as part of Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s 2015 Game Changers. Read the original post here. Apprenticeship – training by doing (and getting paid for it) – is a tried-and-true approach to preparing people for work and transferring skills to a new generation. In the 18th century, to meet [...]

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Defending Workers’ Rights is What We Do

by Francisco Ocampo October 9, 2014

“There is a lot of injustice, and if it weren’t for the Wage and Hour Division, I would have never been paid. People need to know that they have rights.” – Enrique Pineda When it’s clear that a worker’s rights have been trampled, my agency – the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division – often [...]

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Fighting for Hispanic Safety on the Job

by Diana Cortez October 8, 2014

I started working for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1980. During inspections, employers would look at me and say “What do you know? You’re just a kid!” But I knew right from the first day that I was making a difference, and I loved my job. Every site visit was a chance to [...]

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