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Educating for Democracy: All About Jobs

Joel Shatzky | Posted 03.11.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

There is no evidence that No Child Left Behind, with its reliance on standardized tests and the incalculable damage it has done to the teaching profession, has made math more accessible to our students in the decade since its inception.

Breastfeeding Law Poses Unique Challenge To Small Businesses

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 01.05.2012 | Small Business

A federal law regarding working mothers is posing a new challenge to businesses, especially to smaller businesses with limited resources. According to...

Dave Jamieson

Health Care Workers On Verge Of Winning Equal Rights, Higher Pay | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.04.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Though many of the people they care for wouldn’t know it, the roughly two million home care aides who tend to the elderly and disabled...

Celebrating the Voice of Workers

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

Ohio has made it clear: these dedicated public servants still need a seat at the table to demand fairness, dignity and respect -- especially in tough economic times. Through their unions, they have a voice in their workplace, in their future and, most importantly, in our future.

Can the Time Famine Felt by American Employees be Reduced?

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.07.2012 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

Managing a paid job, as well as personal and family responsibilities, has resulted in a "time famine" and appears to impact a wide array of employees.

Study: As More Workers Are Employed Part-Time, Fewer Are Insured

Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

More than one-fifth of employed Americans lack health insurance, according to a recent survey, and that number is may be poised to grow as more worker...

Dave Jamieson

Roofers Now At Forefront Of The Regulatory Debate | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans claim the Obama administration is choking small business with burdensome workplace regulations. Democrats say the few new re...

Dave Jamieson

GOP Targets Rule That Protects Rooftop Workers From Falling | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In addition to blocking President Obama's health care law and slashing funding for job training, the budget plan presented by House Repu...

An Overview of Dismissed SOX Whistleblowers' Complaints

Brad Reid | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

A recent Department of Labor news release stated that a financial institution was ordered to reinstate a fired employee and pay him $930,000 for viola...

Unconstitutional, Job Killing Regulatory Army

Bruce Fein | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Contrary to Regulatory Tsar Cass Sunstein's boasting of slashing burdens on industry, the Obama administration has met the enemy of job creation in residential construction or otherwise, and it is them.

Ten Years Later, Let's Pay It Forward

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

On this weekend's solemn anniversary, we honor the sacrifices of our first responders who ran into burning buildings while others ran out. The selflessness of our firefighters, police, EMTs and hazmat workers who were first on the scene inspired the world.

For Blacks, Too Little Work to Go Around This Labor Day

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

As Americans take a day of rest to mark the nation's commitment to a hard day's work, blacks and other racial minorities wonder if they will ever get back on the job.

Hiring Unpaid Interns: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Charlotte Jensen | Posted 08.09.2011 | Small Business

Interns can be a great resource for a small company -- they're cheap, they're motivated and they bring a young perspective. And sometimes they even wo...

Dave Jamieson

Business Interests Take Aim At New Wage Theft Laws | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.05.2011 | Business

Late last year, advocates for low-wage workers in Florida's Palm Beach County made what they thought was a modest request of their county commissioner...

Goldman Sachs Will Lay Off 230 Employees In New York City

Posted 08.29.2011 | Business

Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) plans to lay off 230 employees in New York because of economic conditions, according to a state filing on Wednesday. ...

Dave Jamieson

Feds Cite Chronic Safety Failures In Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.29.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The federal agency tasked with overseeing mine safety released on Wednesday its preliminary findings on the Upper Big Branch Mine disast...

Nearly One In Three American Workers Considering Leaving Their Jobs: Report

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

Dissatisfied workers are less alone than they were six years ago, a new report finds. In 2010, nearly one in three of surveyed U.S. workers, or 32...

Finding And Serving The Most Vulnerable Of All

David Weiss | Posted 08.16.2011 | Impact
David Weiss

Even among vulnerable communities one can find groups that seem to be the most vulnerable of all.

New Jobs for Homeless Veterans

Pat LaMarche | Posted 08.13.2011 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Thursday, the US Department of Labor made grant applications available for the Urban and Non-Urban Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP).

Obama For America Picks A Hispanic Woman From Denver To Be National Political Director

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 08.09.2011 | Denver

President Barack Obama's re-election team has chosen Katherine Archuleta of Denver to be his national political director. The campaign told CNN that A...

Enough Talk: It's Time for Action on Jobs

Richard Attias | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business
Richard Attias

In recent decades, unemployment in the U.S. has been less of a challenge than it has been in Europe. This is a double edged-sword that has rendered the country less resilient. Jobs must be the number one priority.

Dave Jamieson

Economists Argue For Raising Minimum Wage | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of economists made the case on Tuesday for raising the federal and state minimum wages across the country as a way to boost the ...

Dave Jamieson

Illinois Restaurateur Owes Workers $1 Million In Back Pay, Damages | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Workers got a pretty raw deal at Dolores Onate's two Mexican restaurants in Decatur, Ill. Not only were the waiters and kitchen workers ...

Empowering America's Women

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

When women earn more, families are stronger and children have better access to quality health care and education. We must close the chronic wage gap that shortchanges women.

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Wage, Labor Investigations Targets Of Missouri Republicans | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, Missouri business leaders presented lawmakers with a six-point plan they said would bring jobs to the state during to...