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The Secret to Growing Our Middle Class

Filed in Apprenticeship, DOL, Workforce Investment by on January 23, 2015 0 Comments
The Secret to Growing Our Middle Class

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on LinkedIn. View the original here.  A year ago, President Obama challenged us to double the number of apprenticeships in the U.S. over the next five years. And during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he again emphasized the importance of apprenticeships to building the strongest possible workforce. […]

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How We Brought Our Employee Turnover Rate to (Nearly) Zero

Filed in Paid Leave by on January 22, 2015 0 Comments
How We Brought Our Employee Turnover Rate to (Nearly) Zero

For nearly 30 years, I have worked in the service sector and in this time I’ve worked alongside the most dedicated, hardworking people I will ever know. These are the folks, many of whom are single mothers, who keep our businesses running day in and day out, cleaning our hotel rooms, working our front desks, […]

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A LEADER in Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

Filed in Apprenticeship, Jobs by on January 21, 2015 0 Comments
A LEADER in Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

Editor’s Note: The following guest blog post is authored by David R. Getty, manager of corporate communications at Oberg Industries in Pennsylvania. Oberg is part of ApprenticeshipUSA’s LEADER program. For more information about this program, visit www.dol.gov/apprenticeship. View the White House Fact sheet here. Donald E. Oberg, founder of Oberg Industries, knew the importance of […]

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First Lady Hosts America’s Workers at SOTU

Filed in Apprenticeship by on January 20, 2015 0 Comments
First Lady Hosts America’s Workers at SOTU

In the State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama will talk about what we’ve accomplished as a nation over the last year and the next steps he’ll take to help more folks get access to good jobs and help more working families succeed. Since last year’s address, Labor Secretary Tom Perez has been traveling […]

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Embodying The American Dream: The First Lady’s Guests

Filed in Apprenticeship, Jobs, Paid Leave by on January 19, 2015 0 Comments
Embodying The American Dream: The First Lady’s Guests

On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union Address. Coming off the strongest year of economic growth since the 90s, President Obama will lay out his vision to continue to expand middle class prosperity. For decades, First Ladies have invited citizens that match the themes of the State of the Union Address […]

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2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

The U.S. economy closed out 2014 on a continued hot streak – 252,000 new jobs in December alone, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.6 percent. Our businesses have added 11.2 million jobs over 58 straight months, the longest streak of job growth on record. To recap the year, Secretary Perez answered your questions about […]

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Secretary Perez Answers Paid Leave Letter Writers

Secretary Perez Answers Paid Leave Letter Writers

You may not know it, but only 12 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. have access to paid leave. That means a parent having to choose between going to work instead of staying home with a sick loved one, or a new mother having to go back to work too soon. Paid sick and family leave […]

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A Rule That Will Save Lives

Filed in Safety by on January 17, 2015 0 Comments
A Rule That Will Save Lives

Probably no regulation issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration over the past five years has received as much labor and industry support as the one we published on Jan. 15. This final rule, whose technology was developed through efforts of the mining industry, will require operators of underground coal mines to equip continuous […]

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Encouraging the Private Sector to Invest in America’s Infrastructure

Filed in Jobs by on January 16, 2015 0 Comments
Encouraging the Private Sector to Invest in America’s Infrastructure

Editor’s Note: This originally ran on the White House blog. View the original here.  It’s estimated that it would take $3.6 trillion to bring America’s infrastructure up to date by 2020. Across the nation, our bridges, pipelines, roads and railroads are in dire need of repair and modernization. In fact, it would cost $600 billion over […]

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“All Labor Has Dignity”: King’s Other Legacy

“All Labor Has Dignity”: King’s Other Legacy

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the Huffington Post Blog. View the original here.  A few weeks ago, I saw Selma, a remarkable movie about the unbreakable persistence and moral leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans in the Jim Crow south. But what the movie […]

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