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Black Friday Savings Shouldn’t Cost Worker Lives

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on November 25, 2014 0 Comments
Black Friday Savings Shouldn’t Cost Worker Lives

On Thanksgiving, we gather around a table with friends and family in a day of goodwill and gratitude. It is a day to give thanks and kick off a festive holiday season. It’s sad then that all those good feelings can turn so incredibly dark the very next day, when Black Friday rolls around. Black […]

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Black Friday Might Not Mean A Good Deal for Workers

Filed in DOL by on November 25, 2014 0 Comments
Black Friday Might Not Mean A Good Deal for Workers

Black Friday traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season. It’s a day known for when retailers offer customers steep discounts in an effort to lure them through the doors.  But the intense pressure for retailers to compete for consumers often leads to far less attractive deals for employees. Labor law violations are prevalent in the […]

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Creating More Flexibility to Serve Youth

Filed in Workforce Development, Workforce Investment by on November 25, 2014 0 Comments
Creating More Flexibility to Serve Youth

Secretary Perez is focused on promoting shared prosperity – so that everyone in America has the opportunity to benefit from our growing economy. But for over six million of our youth who are out of school and not working, these opportunities are hard to come by.  Coming from low-income communities, through the foster care or juvenile […]

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Healthy Voices in Music City – and Beyond

Filed in Secretary Perez, Workforce Development by on November 25, 2014 0 Comments
Healthy Voices in Music City – and Beyond

The people of Music City are singing a healthy tune these days. Last year, Nashville, Tenn., enrolled more than 49,000 people during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period, helping to lower the state’s uninsured rate from 15.7 to 12.5 percent. On Nov. 19, Secretary Perez visited the city, where he spoke with health workers […]

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Giving Thanks for Higher Wages

Filed in Minimum Wage by on November 24, 2014 0 Comments
Giving Thanks for Higher Wages

There’s a lot to be thankful for this time of year. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful that 17 states and the District of Columbia have increased their minimum wages since the beginning of 2013. Even though Congress has failed to act, these states have heeded President Obama’s call and as a result, seven million low-wage workers […]

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Five Facts about Women Veterans

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Veterans, Women, Workforce Development by on November 22, 2014 0 Comments
Five Facts about Women Veterans

Military Family Month affords Americans the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices that women and men who proudly serve our great country make, both on the battlefield and at home. When Military Family Month was first celebrated in 1993, in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, the demographic characteristics of service members and veterans were […]

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The High Road: Investing in Your Workers

Filed in Minimum Wage, Secretary Perez by on November 21, 2014 0 Comments
The High Road: Investing in Your Workers

Congress still hasn’t answered President Obama’s call to raise the national minimum wage. But states and localities are acting on their own, through legislative action and ballot measure. And across the country, forward-thinking businesses are leading by example. In community after community, I’ve visited with employers who know that paying workers a fair wage isn’t […]

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Signs of Economic Strength

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage by on November 20, 2014 0 Comments
Signs of Economic Strength

This morning’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on inflation for October contained a nugget of good news for American workers: low and stable rates of inflation are contributing to real (albeit small) average wage gains. From October 2013 to October 2014, average hourly earnings increased 2.0%, in-line with nominal wage growth since the end of […]

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Empowering Today’s Economy by Training Tomorrow’s Workforce

Empowering Today’s Economy by Training Tomorrow’s Workforce

Editor’s Note: This is a cross post from the Department of Education’s Homeroom Blog. You can find the original post here. Our nation’s prosperity depends on individuals having the education and skills to obtain good jobs and progress along their career pathways, and employers finding workers with the skills to support their growth and the nation’s economic prosperity. […]

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Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Development by on November 19, 2014 0 Comments
Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Editor’s Note: This article is cross-posted on the IMLS UpNext! blog and the Department of Education blog here. Our agencies have long recognized the role of libraries to help meet the workforce training and job search needs of the American public.  At the height of the recession, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for workforce related […]

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