5 Ways to Promote Shared Prosperity

by Secretary Tom Perez October 22, 2014

On Monday, I gave a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, outlining the importance of an economy that works for everyone where prosperity is broadly shared. Even as we’ve bounced back strongly from the Great Recession, too many people are still working harder but falling further behind, struggling to punch their ticket to [...]

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Expect. Employ. Empower. with Data

by Heidi Shierholz and Kathy Martinez October 22, 2014

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual observation that recognizes the significant contributions people with disabilities make to our workforce. It also gives us a chance to think about how we can continue to build an economy that gives everyone a fair shot. As President Obama stated in his NDEAM proclamation, “Americans with [...]

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Working Together for a Future of Safe Jobs

by Joseph Main October 21, 2014

Yesterday, I had the privilege of sitting down with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and about 30 business owners and industry leaders representing an important part of the nation’s mining sector to discuss mine safety, jobs, skills and training needs, and preparing for the future. Secretary Perez, the industry, and Department of Labor participants laid [...]

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A Small Business Owner’s Perspective: “A High Road on the Minimum Wage”

by Paul Saginaw October 20, 2014

Editor’s Note:This is cross-posted on the White House blog. My partner, Ari Weinzweig, and I never subscribed to the conservative economic theory of Milton Friedman, that “the business of business is business.” To us, the right to conduct business is earned by being a good corporate citizen — by producing products and delivering services responsibly, [...]

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The Fissured Workplace

by David Weil October 17, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of several blog posts about a Wage and Hour Division for the 21st Century Workplace. The 21st century workplace in many industries is no longer a traditional brick and mortar company owned and operated by a single employer. As a result, the Wage and Hour Division, [...]

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50 Years of Helping Farmworkers

by Portia Wu October 16, 2014

For years, Julian performed the incredibly hard work of harvesting onions and vegetables at a farm in upstate New York, making only $8.50 an hour. As a seasonal farm worker, the pay was barely enough to take care of his family.  He wanted to make a change, learn some new skills and start a new [...]

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Boosting Wages Boosts Demand

by Frank Knapp October 15, 2014

The biggest problem facing small businesses is the lack of demand for their goods and services. If the Great Recession is technically over and Wall Street is booming, why haven’t small businesses seen a real increase in consumer demand? There’s a simple answer: consumers who are or could be shopping on Main Street don’t have [...]

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Safety and Broadband Must go Hand in Hand

by Secretary Perez and Chairman Wheeler October 15, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following post by Secretary Perez and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Wheeler is also cross-posted on the FCC blog. The wireless industry is a powerful driver of growth in our economy. New facilities pop up all the time, giving the devices in our pockets and purses better service and faster broadband connections. Our [...]

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Disability Employment Champions of Change

by Kathy Martinez October 14, 2014

Today I had the distinct pleasure of attending a White House event to honor Disability Employment Champions of Change, who have done extraordinary work to promote workplace inclusion and to create employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. One of the highlights of the event was the screening of a new public service announcement Who I [...]

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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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