Day in the Life: Lon, Harriet and Marielle

by Jared Benoff August 21, 2014

Editor’s note: Leading up to Labor Day 2014, Secretary Tom Perez is traveling across the country to talk with Americans about how we can help more people succeed in the workplace and at home. Follow him along the way with live updates at www.dol.gov/LaborDay. Back in March, Secretary Perez joined 15 long-term unemployed workers from [...]

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Day in the Life: Holley from Memphis

by Laura Miller August 20, 2014

Editor’s note: Leading up to Labor Day 2014, Secretary Tom Perez is traveling across the country to talk with Americans about how we can help more people succeed in the workplace and at home. Follow him along the way with live updates at www.dol.gov/LaborDay. Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity [...]

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Strength in Diversity

by Patricia Shiu August 19, 2014

The federal government holds contracts with about 200,000 establishments, and these contractors and subcontractors play an important role in making our country work. They provide food, clothing, energy, transportation, medical treatment and thousands of essential services all around the country. As the director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, I oversee the agency [...]

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A Day in the Life: Austraberta from Houston

by Jared Benoff August 19, 2014

Editor’s note: Leading up to Labor Day 2014, Secretary Tom Perez is traveling across the country to talk with Americans about how we can help more people succeed in the workplace and at home. Follow him along the way with live updates at www.dol.gov/LaborDay. Meet Austraberta. 71-year-old Austraberta Rodriguez has been a janitor for more than [...]

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Building Paths to the Middle Class

by Martin J. Walsh August 18, 2014

Editor’s note: The following guest post is authored by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. As a young man, I followed my father’s footsteps and became a laborer. Later, when I became the General Agent of the Boston Building Trades, I could see clearly that women and people of color were underrepresented in the trades. In [...]

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A Day in the Life: LeDaya from Los Angeles

by Laura Miller August 18, 2014

Editor’s note: Leading up to Labor Day 2014, Secretary Tom Perez is traveling across the country to talk with Americans about how we can help more people succeed in the workplace and at home. Follow him along the way with live updates at www.dol.gov/LaborDay. Meet LeDaya. LeDaya Epps never had things handed to her. Raised [...]

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Job Corps is My Calling

by Eric Jones August 15, 2014

Editor’s note: As we continue to post Job Corps stories in honor of its 50th anniversary, we want to hear from you. Submit your story through our Web form here − or share on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #JobCorps50. Anne Marie Scheer drives 106 miles round trip daily to attend classes at [...]

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When Protecting Workers’ Rights, Even the Sky is Not the Limit

by David Miljoner August 15, 2014

At the Wage and Hour Division, we often go to great lengths to enforce a variety of federal labor laws that protect over 135 million workers in more than 7.3 million establishments nationwide. In one recent case, however, we literally went to great heights to fulfill our mission! Our commitment to ensuring that a fair [...]

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Mine Rescue Teams – A Special Breed

by Joseph Main August 14, 2014

The 2014 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest, held Aug. 4-7 in Lexington, Kentucky, was by all accounts one of the most successful national contests ever for the metal and nonmetal industry. A record 41 teams from 18 states participated in these simulated emergency exercises, which enable teams to sharpen the skills they may [...]

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Financial Literacy: Improving the Numbers for People with Disabilities

by Kathy Martinez August 13, 2014

When I was growing up, finances were tight. As one of six children, I was very aware of my parents’ obligations and wanted — and was expected — to help.  One way I did so was to assist my mom with the monthly bills. I would sit at the table and add things up, keeping track [...]

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