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Nearly 5,000 U.S. Workers Died On The Job Last Year

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of workers who died on the job in the U.S. rose 2 percent last year, according to new data released by the Labor Depart...

Pushing For Paid Leave And A Higher Minimum Wage, One State At A Time

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

DETROIT -- After flying here from Baltimore on a late August afternoon, Labor Secretary Tom Perez hopped in a waiting SUV at the airport. He was head...

Labor Secretary Tom Perez To Join The Fight For $15

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fast-food workers who are hoping to raise the minimum wage will find an ally in the Obama White House this week, with Labor Secretary T...

Leading on Leave, Hawaii as the "Ohana" State

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 08.13.2015 | Hawaii
Shay Chan Hodges

Only 12 percent of American workers have access to any paid maternity leave at all, and as a result, one in three new moms go back to work almost immediately after having a child.

Working Mother Heads To Washington, D.C.

Regan Long | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

At one point or another, we all will have to separate from our baby, no matter what age they are. That being said, some parents are forced to do this in an unfathomable amount of time. When we look at an average leave being 6-12 weeks of unpaid leave in the United States, for many, that would be a gift.

New Frontier for Successful Aging: Financial Gerontology in the Spotlight at White House Conference on Aging

Paul H. Irving | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Paul H. Irving

Fresh ideas and approaches can empower a brighter future of aging, and the emergence of financial gerontology is cause for hope. This link between two disciplines that are critically important to the aging population presents the potential for new solutions and healthy, productive and purposeful outcomes for today's older adults and for generations to come.

Dave Jamieson

'Vacation Is When I Have A 40-Hour Week' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past year, as his agency was developing a rule to expand overtime pay to more Americans, Labor Secretary Tom Perez met a lot of...

Obama Administration Implements Major Advance for Civil Rights

Paul Bland | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Bland

In today's regulations, the Department of Labor puts an end to these unfair Supreme Court decisions, including forced arbitration for millions of employees of federal contractors. It's a huge step towards strengthening the civil rights laws.

Obama: Stop Wall Street Brokers From Putting Their Interests Above Clients Saving for Retirement

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

We're not suggesting that everyone who gives retirement investment advice is taking advantage of their clients, since many advisers do act in their client's best interest. But, because the law does not require them to do so, far too many do not. That's why the President's recent action is so important.

Dave Jamieson

White House To Crack Down On 401(K) Fees | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

Over the objections of Wall Street and some financial regulators, the White House announced Monday that it plans to move ahead with a new rule that wi...

Tom Perez Presses On In West Coast Port Dispute

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. labor secretary engaged in a third straight day of talks with shipping execu...

Obama Asks Labor Secretary To Mediate West Coast Ports Dispute

Reuters | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

(Adds latest number of ships waiting to dock) SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 14 (Reuters) - U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to Californ...

Renewing America's Labor Movement

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

People are searching for a way to transform an economic system that benefits the few over the many. They are searching for fairness, opportunity, justice and real change. I believe that search can and should lead to the labor movement.

Elizabeth Warren and the Four Corners of American Politics

Mike Lux | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

The last couple of days have been a provocative view of the near-term future of American politics. There are four major teams on the scene at the same time, coming from four different corners of the field, and they all have some amount of political juice. On the Republican side, there is the increasingly conservative -- but apparently never extreme enough -- establishment wing of the party led by Boehner and McConnell and the big business lobby, and there is the Tea Party anti-establishment wing. The two wings of the Democratic Party are similarly the insiders and the populists. How they end up interacting and competing with each other will be the driving political story for quite a while into the future.

Dave Jamieson

Warren: Economy Is 'Rigged' Against Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a celebrity assist from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the AFL-CIO union federation hosted what it billed as a national summit on...

Potential Attorney General Nominee Fires Up Progressives

Mother Jones | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

The chatter in Washington is that Obama will announce his pick to replace the outgoing Eric Holder soon after Election Day, and Perez is on the WHite ...

Labor Secretary: 'We Suck' On The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Thursday the United States' current federal minimum wage is an international embarrassment, specifically calling out Ne...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Secretary: Lack Of Paid Parental Leave In U.S. Is Embarrassing | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S....

Arthur Delaney

Obama Administration Follows Up On Long-Term Unemployed | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is following up on its January pledge to help the long-term jobless. A big part of that pledge was getting...

Here Are The Two Leading Candidates To Be The Next U.S. Attorney General

Reuters | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics

(Updates with names of leading candidates) By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is un...

Labor Secretary Dodges Questions About Succeeding Eric Holder

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, regarded as a possible contender to fill the shoes of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, remained quiet as to whethe...

Dave Jamieson

Obama Moves On Minimum Wage Without Congress | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

As part of the president's pledge to act with or without the cooperation of Congress, the White House and Labor Department on Thursday released the de...

Working Families Summit Will Tackle Childcare, Paid Leave, Equal Pay

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Everything has changed in recent decades -- the economy, technology, cultural attitudes, the demographics of the workforce, the role of women in society and the structure of the American family. It's about time our laws caught up.

Arthur Delaney

Obama Admin Bugs Boehner To #RenewUI | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's labor secretary reminded House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday that he would like to see a vote on legislation r...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Extension Is Workable, Labor Department Says | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said Friday he disagrees with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that Senate legislation reauthorizin...