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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.