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Nobody Seems To Have Liked Working For Donald Trump’s New Labor Pick

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― In 2014, R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s second pick for U.S. secretary of labor, became a top candidate to lead the Un...

Donald Trump's Labor Secretary Pick Could Be The First Latino In His Cabinet

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 02.16.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump on Thursday named former U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta as his new pick to run the Department of Labor. If confirmed, Acosta...

Trump's Labor Nominee Is Ready For His Hearing, Spokesman Says

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics

Andy Puzder, President Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, has turned in his ethics paperwork and is ready to have his confirmation hearing ...

Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Has Another Problem, Sources Say: Undocumented Help

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder, employed an undocumented immigrant as household help,...

Trump Is Pleased With The Jobs Report He Called Fake For Years

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― During his campaign for president, Donald Trump frequently said the official U.S. unemployment statistics were “phony” and that the...

Labor Leaders Weigh In On Trump’s Executive Order And The Importance Of Regulations

Linda Reinstein | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Linda Reinstein

Regulations tend to be contentious. It requires finding a balance between protecting people — present and future — from harm, while not stifling b...

Activists Are Rallying To Stop Betsy DeVos From Running The Country's Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics

Earlier this week, Katie Keier, a kindergarten teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, was in a meeting with colleagues about student literacy. But inste...

Wells Fargo Complaints Vanish From Labor Department Website

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics

In the latest example of an apparent information purge by the Trump administration, bank employee complaints against Wells Fargo have vanished from th...

How New Overtime Law Affects Nonprofits

Stuart J. Mitchell | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Stuart J. Mitchell

A letter in support of the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime rule, from the perspective of one nonprofit.

Goodwill Can Help You Jumpstart Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Most people know Goodwill as the community place to bring used clothing and wares to be sold in stores and online. What you may not know is that Goodw...

Workplace Safety Is Still an Elusive Goal for Many on the Job

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Today is Workers' Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor our fallen brothers and sisters in the labor movement all across the globe. But while technological advancements should be making the workplace safer, deaths and injuries on the job are still a major concern.

GOP: It's OK for Corporations to Kill Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

If the argument is that workers' lives and lungs must be sacrificed to ensure that foundries and fracking operations and construction companies can make bigger profits, then the GOP will take the side of CEOs who value workers as trivial.

Autism Without Fear: Don't Get TOO Excited About Autism Employment Initiatives

Michael John Carley | Posted 03.02.2016 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Over the last five years, many new non-profits (and for-profits with consciences) have formed to answer the 75-85% unemployment rate endured by adults...

You Won’t Be Able To Get These Slave-Made Items In The U.S. Anymore

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

The U.S. has taken a definitive stand against slave labor. President Barack Obama signed a law Wednesday that bars the country from importing a long l...

Using Temp Workers? You're On The Hook For How They're Treated

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

Companies looking to dodge labor law by outsourcing work to other companies are officially on notice. On Wednesday, the Labor Department issued new gu...

Apprenticeship Programs at Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 01.06.2017 | College
Tom Snyder

As a country, having enough people trained in the skills that apprenticeships provide could keep many jobs from going overseas. We should commit ourselves to apprenticeship programs. As one student said to me: "Apprenticeship was my golden ticket to the middle class."

Lighten the Load on Our Nurses for Better Health Care

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Prior to the OSH Act, workplace safety was a concept only familiar to those with a good union or an unusually goodhearted boss. There was no law saying your employer had to send you home every day in one piece. The OSH Act changed that.

Uber And Lyft Offer Homeless Vets Free Rides To Job Interviews

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News

Two major transportation companies are getting in the same lane to help veterans in need. Uber and Lyft are joining forces with the American governm...

The Movement Is in Motion: Paid Family Leave in the United States

Regan Long | Posted 11.05.2016 | Politics
Regan Long

Why is the United States the only developed nation without guaranteed paid family leave? U.S. law provides meager supports to enable workers to fulfill their work and family obligations, leaving matters large up to an employers' generosity. This approach doesn't work.

Will House Dems Quietly Derail the DOL Rule They Publicly Defended?

Barbara Roper | Posted 10.29.2016 | Business
Barbara Roper

Earlier this week, House Democrats mounted a strong stand against legislation from Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) aimed at killing the Department of Labor's conflict of interest rule by subjecting it to indefinite delays.

25 Years Later, People With Disabilities Push for Economic Equality

Randy Rutta | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Randy Rutta

The U.S economy received welcome news recently with a dip in the unemployment rate to the lowest level in several years. But while employer hiring is robust, it is sorely lacking for at least one demographic of Americans.

Step Aside, San Francisco: "SF" Now Stands for Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Anneli Rufus | Posted 08.27.2016 | Travel
Anneli Rufus

All those things that everyone loves about the famous, jaded, sea-beaten SF (and more!) can also be found in a fresh, friendly, affordable Midwestern SF: Sioux Falls, South Dakota. One's hilly. One's flat. Both are beautiful. And you'll never believe how much they have in common.

Building on Today's Progress for 2016 and Beyond

Michele Jolin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

We know more than ever before about what works to improve results for young people, their families and communities, and across the country there is growing bipartisan momentum behind shifting public funds toward evidence-based solutions.

The Elephant at the Roundtable

Latifa Lyles | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Latifa Lyles

Enabling more women to work through improved access to child care can also help mitigate the gender wage gap for lifetime earnings.

5 Illinois Cities With Some of the Highest and Lowest Unemployment in the State

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.30.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In Illinois, each metro area had unemployment rates drop for the fifth month in a row.