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Latinos Should Lead on Paid Leave

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Women, Workplace Rights by on September 23, 2014 0 Comments
Latinos Should Lead on Paid Leave

Editor’s note: The following guest blog post is authored by Vanessa Cárdenas, the vice president of Progress 2050 at American Progress. The demographics of our labor force are rapidly changing. With a large number of jobs opening up due to workforce replacement and economic growth, Latinos play a big role in shaping the American workforce.  As […]

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Want to save over 3 Billion dollars this week?

Filed in DOL, Safety by on September 20, 2014 0 Comments
Want to save over 3 Billion dollars this week?

According to the National Safety Council, which hosted its annual Congress and Expo this week in San Diego, workplace injuries and fatalities cost our economy $198.2 billion a year. You read that right, 198.2 BILLION dollars a year. That amount of money would allow every kid in America to go to college…and pay their room […]

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Labor Commitments in Trade Agreements: “More than Words on a Page”

Filed in Child Labor, Workplace Rights by on September 19, 2014 0 Comments
Labor Commitments in Trade Agreements: “More than Words on a Page”

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to join U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and several members of Congress in announcing an unprecedented action to  enforce a U.S. free trade agreement on behalf of workers in Guatemala and here at home.  This action was taken after years of working closely with the Guatemalan […]

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Valuing Workers by Paying a Fair Wage

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage by on September 17, 2014 1 Comment

I had the great honor of joining a small group of faith leaders to meet with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to discuss issues facing low-wage workers.  It was a profoundly moving experience for me, not only because of the great diversity of clergy — Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Evangelical Christian, and Jewish — but because […]

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Let’s Talk About Pay

Filed in DOL by on September 17, 2014 4 Comments
Let’s Talk About Pay

Lilly Ledbetter’s name has become synonymous with the pursuit of fair pay. For most of her career, she was like far too many women in the United States: underpaid and unaware. But did you know that the anonymous note Lilly received from a co-worker – the note that finally alerted her to the pay discrimination […]

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A Woman’s Place – in Tech

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Women by on September 16, 2014 1 Comment
A Woman’s Place – in Tech

Over the past few months, several of the IT giants have released self-reported workforce diversity data. The data show that women hold a very small percentage of the tech jobs at these companies. At Apple, for example, only 20 percent of tech positions are occupied by women. The figures for Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo […]

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Do the Math – and Save

Filed in DOL, Retirement by on September 16, 2014 0 Comments
Do the Math – and Save

Many of us are living longer and will have healthier and more active years in retirement. That makes saving for retirement even more important. Don’t let the math put you off. EBSA’s Savings Fitness online worksheets make it easy: Enter your information, and the calculations are done for you. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Expanding Opportunity for All (Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Expandiendo Oportunidades para Todos)

Hispanic Heritage Month: Expanding Opportunity for All (Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Expandiendo Oportunidades para Todos)

Editor’s Note: During Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we will run a series of blog posts related to how we can help expand opportunity for more people in America. For real-time updates in Spanish, follow the department on Twitterand Facebook. As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, I think about […]

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NEW VIDEO: Business Owners Say Raise The Wage

Filed in Minimum Wage, Secretary Perez by on September 13, 2014 1 Comment

A café in Baltimore. A motel in Grants Pass, Oregon. A Christmas tree and produce farm in Natchitoches, Louisiana. What do they all have in common? The owners of these businesses all support raising the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Higher wages doesn’t just help workers; it helps their bosses too. […]

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Women Veterans Show Their Colors in Tech Competition

Filed in DOL by on September 12, 2014 0 Comments
Women Veterans Show Their Colors in Tech Competition

On a recent trip to California, I had the privilege of attending the first VetsInTech Women Veterans Hackathon at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The event brought together women veterans of all eras of service who were interested in starting a business to pitch their ideas, get technical advice and compete for seed funding. […]

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