Pride and Opportunity

by Secretary Tom Perez July 21, 2014

A few weeks ago during Pride Month, I wrote about my belief that the nation and the workforce are strongest when we fully embrace diversity. Everyone, no matter whom they love, should have the opportunity to achieve their highest and best dreams. And the idea that you could be fired for no other reason than [...]

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Join Us for a Minimum Wage Day of Action

by Lia Gallitano July 21, 2014

It’s been 5 years since the last time the federal minimum wage was increased. The cost of living has increased significantly since then, but wages have not. We believe that hard work should be rewarded with fair pay, and that no one working a full-time job in America should have to live in poverty. If [...]

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What 5 Employers Have To Say About the Minimum Wage

by Secretary Tom Perez July 18, 2014

The case for a higher minimum wage is so compelling because it not only benefits workers, but also the businesses that employ them. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what some business owners from around the country are saying: “Our decision to invest in front-line employees will directly support our business, and is one that we [...]

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Encouraging Local Partnerships that Help Job Seekers

by Jennifer Troke and Ben Seigel July 18, 2014

Cross-agency collaborations are an important part of President Obama’s Job-Driven Training initiative that the Labor Department has been engaged in for the past six months. They are also a top priority for Secretary Perez. We know our programs work best when we all work together to ensure that every door opens a path to success [...]

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Taking Care of Our Caretakers

by Secretary Perez and Attorney General Lisa Madigan July 17, 2014

Editors note: The following post by Secretary Perez and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan originally ran as an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times. View the original here. Every day across our nation, about 2 million people, including 73,000 in Illinois, go to work caring for people in their homes. They bathe our parents and grandparents, [...]

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A Powerful New Tool in the Fight Against Forced Labor

by Carol Pier July 17, 2014

Editor’s note: The Department of Labor received numerous communications urging the United States to support development of an International Labor Organization Protocol and Recommendation supplementing Convention 29 on Forced Labor, and many more urging prompt U.S. ratification of the Protocol. The following statement from the Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Carol Pier is [...]

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Women in Trades: An Apprenticeship Success Story

by Connie Ashbrook July 17, 2014

Editor’s note: The following guest post is authored by Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. Executive Director Connie Ashbrook, who participated in a panel on STEM and nontraditional jobs at the White House Summit on Working Families in June. View the panel here, and share your apprenticeship success story with us on Twitter by tagging @USDOL. Deawendoe “Dee” [...]

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Coming to Work Fully

by Kathy Martinez July 16, 2014

I love coming to work each day. Why? Because I’m able to do so fully. What do I mean by that? I mean that my employer encourages employees to bring their “whole selves” to the job. This makes the department a great place to work, because of course none of us has just one side; [...]

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Giving Working Families a Voice

by Secretary Tom Perez July 15, 2014

Tonight, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will participate in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game – proof positive that you can perform peerlessly at your job while still taking care of your family at critical moments. Murphy made headlines a few months ago when he chose to miss the first game of the season [...]

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The First-Ever White House Summit on American Apprenticeship

by Secretary Perez and Jeff Zients July 14, 2014

Editor’s note: This post is co-authored by Secretary Perez and National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients. It has been cross-posted from the White House blog – view the original here. To create new opportunities for more hardworking Americans, the president and his team are committed to advancing job-driven training initiatives that help American workers acquire the [...]

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