It's become a tradition for labor secretaries to use Labor Day to speak on the status of the American worker. Some have made remarks from podiums. Others have testified on Capitol Hill. I want to talk directly to you -- the American worker.
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.
Later today, the President is expected to sign an extension of the unemployment benefits, providing a modest level of help to the 2.5 million Americans that lost income because of the GOP's obstruction.
There are no provisions to hold accountable those people who are responsible for mining safety policies and procedures, or the corporate executives who insisted it was more important to "run coal" than to build ventilation.
Closing the gender-based wage gap will require broad action, including moving more women into non-traditional jobs, creating opportunities for occupational mobility, and addressing wage discrimination.