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Counting All The Artists In New York | LIZZIE SIMON | Posted 05.28.2011 | Arts

It would be easier to count up all the squirrels in New York City than the artists who live here. But that's not stopping a new cultural think tank, t...

Maine GOP Propose Dishonoring Female Labor Heroes Who Took Action After Witnessing 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Democracy Now! | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

One hundred years after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Republican leaders are leveraging an anti-labor movement to roll back many rights workers' fought for in the early 20th century.

Maine Gov. Orders Labor History Mural Taken Down

Talking Points Memo | Benjy Sarlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's Diego Rivera Redux in Maine, as Governor Paul LePage is taking down a mural in the state Department of Labor building depicting the history of th...

Amanda Terkel

Maine Governor Orders Removal Of Labor Mural | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Governor Paul LePage (R-Maine) has sparked a fresh battle with the state's union community, ordering a mural at the Department of Labor ...

Don't Cut Off Your Knows

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jodie Levin-Epstein

The House-passed Continuing Resolution would sharply reduce or eliminate funding for summer jobs for youth, training assistance for unemployed workers, and support for one-stop career centers.

At the Table

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

My mother worked the 3 p.m. to midnight shift at a toy factory. My father worked at a battery recycling plant and was a shop steward there for the Teamsters Union. I was "raised union."

Two Different Realities About Workplace Flexibility

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

Low-wage employees tend to be less satisfied with their jobs and in poorer physical and mental health than higher-wage employees. And that's where flexibility comes in.

Our Unsafe Healthcare System Is The Issue, Not Caps on Tort Settlements

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

A little-noticed proposal in the President's budget managed to squeak by without a ripple in the media, or comment from savvy political pundits and progressive activists.

Deficit Reduction to Require Investment in the Jobs Pipeline as Well as Belt Tightening

Jim Gibbons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

As the fragile economic recovery gains strength, the focus of the attention of our nation's leaders has shifted from the consistently high unemployment rate to deficit reduction.

The False Choice: A Flexible Job or a Good Job?

Kathleen E. Christensen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kathleen E. Christensen

Every job, no matter how demanding or challenging, can be tweaked to make it more flexible.

Big Things and the Workforce to Get Them Done

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

Creating the jobs and industries of the future will require America doing what it does best -- investing in the creativity, imagination, and ingenuity of our people. No nation has workers more productive than ours.

PHOTOS: 13 Products Most Likely To Be Made By Child Or Forced Labor

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some of our most basic purchases are produced by children. Though hard data is scant, it's estimated that there are 115 million children worldwide in ...

Protecting Children and Workers Around the Globe

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

As a nation and as members of the global community, we reject the proposition that it is acceptable to pursue economic gain through the exploitation of human beings. No nation does, nor should get ahead, at the peril of its workers.

An Early Gift: More Companies Beginning to Hire

Robyn Greenspan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robyn Greenspan

Executive job growth in the private sector might be the bright gem found among the lumps of coal in the most recent employment data from the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment Jumps As Obama Continues Giving Small Business Funds to Corporate Giants

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the national unemployment rate jumped to 9.8 percent in November. The figure marks a seven-month hi...

Continuing the Fight for Pay Equity

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

Earlier today, the Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. I am disappointed, but remain committed to the fight to ensure women are not treated as second-class citizens by employers who refuse to compensate them in a fair manner.

BREAKING: 'Slave-like' State Fair Scandal, Wage Theft Epidemic, Spur Nationwide Protests

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

As much as $19 billion is stolen from American workers annually in unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations. Wage theft is one of the most dramatic problems reflecting the income inequality described in Arianna Huffington's Third World America .

Open Letter to Congress: Two Employee Misclassification Bills Deserve Support

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

Two bills recently introduced in Congress take on the issue of employee misclassification which puts companies that properly classify their workers at...

Ryan Grim

Big Business, Labor Department Partner To Help Veterans | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Labor announced a joint effort on Friday to assist members of the military transitioning to the civ...

Spotlight on Mexican New Yorkers Reveals Ugly Truth of Low-Wage Labor

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Afton Branche

Undocumented immigrants remain the sole group whose right to basic workplace protections is constantly questioned and routinely ignored.

A Mexico Diary: Leading the US Delegation for the Celebration of the Bicentennial of Mexico

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

I could not help but think about my father as I boarded the plane at Andrews Air Force Base to lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the Celebration of the Bicentennial of Mexico.

Department Of Labor Launches New Website To Help Unemployed Americans

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For most Americans, Labor Day is a welcome holiday off work. Yet for others, it is just another day without work, following months without a steady so...

Lost and Found: Preparing Workers for New Careers

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

True, some jobs that have been lost aren't coming back to New Orleans. But new businesses and jobs are surfacing to take their place. And the Department of Labor is helping ease the transition from lost jobs to new jobs.

BP to Pay Record Fine, Spend $500M to Upgrade Texas Refinery

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

BP will pay a $50.6 million penalty and spend at least $500 million to upgrade its Texas City, Texas, refinery where a 2005 explosion killed 15 worker...

All U.S. Workplaces To Be Fitted with Inflatable Slides

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

According to a new study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor, workers are less likely to suffer from stress and "go off" in the workplace if they know that leaving their job is just one inflatable slide away.