A Week of Action: Living on the Minimum Wage

by Ann Pratt April 8, 2014

Editor’s note: Throughout this Week of Action, April 7-13, we want to hear from you: Instagram your own photos and short videos of what raising the minimum wage means to you as workers, business owners and supporters. And when you do, make sure to tag @USDOL so we can lift up the voices of Americans who [...]

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Improving Respect for Labor Rights in Colombia

by Carol Pier April 7, 2014

Before sending the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement to Congress, President Obama insisted that Colombia take certain concrete steps to address a number of serious labor concerns. The U.S. and Colombian governments agreed to those concrete steps in April 2011 in the Colombian Action Plan Related to Labor Rights. Recently, we have received hundreds of letters [...]

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Baseball and Work-Life Balance

by Laura Fortman April 5, 2014

Spring is in the air and that, for some of us, means baseball.  For fans, there is nothing better than the promise of a new season, when any team – at least in theory – could wind up playing in October.  But life doesn’t stop for baseball, something that was highlighted this week when Mets [...]

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The Cause He Died For

by Secretary Tom Perez April 4, 2014

It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson announced his “War on Poverty.” It was a time when the nation redefined its values, extending to millions of people the chance at last to be a part of the American Dream. A half century later, we have made enormous progress. But we still must do more [...]

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Encouraging Numbers, but We’re Not Celebrating Yet

by Secretary Tom Perez April 4, 2014

Today’s jobs report tells the story of a solid and steady economic recovery delivering more opportunity for more people. We saw 192,000 new jobs in the month of March, and the private sector has now created 8.9 million jobs over the last 49 consecutive months of employment growth. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent [...]

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Mining’s Changing Culture — 4 years after UBB

by Joseph Main April 3, 2014

We are about to mark the 4th anniversary of one of the most devastating coal mining accidents in decades. On April 5, 2010, 29 miners were killed and two were seriously injured in a massive explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va. Not a day goes by that we are not [...]

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When Protecting the Workforce, We Mean Business

by John DuMont April 3, 2014

They say two things in life are certain – death and taxes. As we grow ever closer to the tax filing deadline of April 15, you can count on a couple of other things as well: tax preparers will be working overtime, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will continue to [...]

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Shelly Saves the Future

by Maria Town April 2, 2014

Meet Shelly. Shelly is a senior in high school, and like 3.3 million seniors across the country, she will graduate this year. Congrats, Shelly! It can be difficult and scary for young people like Shelly to imagine their next steps after high school. Will they move away from home, leaving behind their families and friends? [...]

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Scaling Up What Works for Job-Driven Training

by Secretary Tom Perez April 2, 2014

Traveling with Vice President Joe Biden is always a treat. His enthusiasm for the work we do, especially on issues directly related to strengthening the middle class, is palpable and infectious. It was on full display last week when I joined him on a trip to New Hampshire to showcase what the vice president described [...]

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Promoting Innovation in Skills Development

by Eric Seleznow March 31, 2014

Finding the right job is closely tied to the education and skills you have. That’s why the Labor Department is so focused on doing everything we can to connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be filled jobs – and to connect employers with skilled workers. In order to do this, we’re constantly trying to improve the way [...]

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