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Hilda Solis

Fighting for Workers This Labor Day

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

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.

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.

Doing Right by Those Hit Hardest by the Recession

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

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.

Life, Liberty, and Ending Inequality

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Four years ago, Seattle designer Charlene Strong lost her wife of 10 years, Kate Fleming. A world-renowned narrator of audio books, Kate drowned in he...

Workers Memorial Day

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sec. Hilda Solis

Today we remember those killed on the job, recognize the tremendous pain left behind by their deaths, and we recommit ourselves to ensuring that future tragedies are prevented.

Green News Report -- April 13, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Are we gonna n...

How Do We Hold a Corporation Responsible?

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

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.

President Obama Must End 200 Years of Regulated Manslaughter in the Coalfields

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

At 3:30pm EST today, residents in West Virginia and across the nation will be observing a moment of silence for the fallen coal miners in last week's ...

The Energy Plant Tragedy You DIDN'T Hear About

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Dayen

I'm a blogger fellow with Brave New Films on their 16 Deaths Per Day campaign for worker safety. Join us on Facebook. The disaster at the Upper Bi...

Solis Has Got It: Enforcing Workplace Rights for Undocumented Immigrants Protects American Citizens

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

When U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis unveiled the Labor Department's new wage and hour enforcement and awareness campaign last week, she emphasize...

Weekly Audit: How Superhero Hilda Solis is Winning the Fight for Workers' Rights

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger While the poor judgment of top-level officials at Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget frequently...

Not Just a "Women's Issue"

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

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.

CEOs, Union Leader Agree: Manufacturing Strategy Crucial

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Since precious few Americans, even those in the same political party, agree on how to realign America, a typecast smack down between CEOs and unionists might have begun when they met. But it didn't.

Mrs. Obama, What About Our Boys?

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

As Michelle Obama touched down in Denver to promote her efforts to connect students with mentors, she declined to invite one population that could most benefit: our city's neglected boys.

This Labor Day, Is the World of Work a More Secure and Lawful Place?

Nelson Lichtenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nelson Lichtenstein

It has happened before. The Great Depression saw the moral and ideological collapse of an old order that no longer seemed rational, productive or democratic.

Natural Gas Takes Center Stage in Las Vegas

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
T. Boone Pickens

We are all singing from the same songbook. America has more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has oil. But we've got to put it to work for us.

Behind The Scenes With Obama's Cabinet (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Cara Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Cabinet members: they're more than just bureaucratic figureheads. They will also paint your house, fertilize your lawn and serve you lunch, as reveale...

Labor Secretary Issues Outraged Letter Over Defaced Gay Pride Posters

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis issued a warning letter to departmental employees late last week, after posters celebrating Gay Pride Month hanging in 35 ...

How Obama Will Keep Michigan Blue in 2010

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

If the Republicans win the governorship here, the national media will trumpet that as an Important Trend. And a sign of the president's impending doom in 2012.

Young and Running for Office: A Story from East L.A.

David D. Burstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David D. Burstein

Embodying the millennial spirit of pragmatic idealism, Pleitez is running a campaign predicated on listening and engaging people at the grassroots level.

Obama Gets Gender Right in First 100 Days: Women in Top Spots, Policies Signal Shift toward Equality

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

What is also significant is about Obama's appointments is that more than half are women of color -- this is more than any other president in the history of the country.

March Madness in the White House: NCAA Picks from Obama, Clinton, Biden, and More

Carlos Watson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos Watson

The president has already announced his Final Four, but who do you think his cabinet members and advisers picked to win the championship? Like most of us, they'll decide with their hearts.

Congratulations Hilda Solis!

Bettina Duval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bettina Duval

Hilda Solis's story, like President Obama's, is emblematic of the way America can and should work for gifted and hardworking public servants who come from humble beginnings.

Obama Administration Vows To "Break The Destructive Cycle" Of Job Loss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration says it will do what is necessary to "break the destructive cycle" of job loss and put Americans back to work. Labor Secre...

The Big Lie about the Employee Free Choice Act

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

America's top CEOs have declared their top legislative priority for 2009 -- to scuttle the bipartisan legislation that would restore workers' freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life.