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Dave Jamieson

Coal Miner Whose Brother Died On The Job Was Fired After Flagging Dangers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they'd worked together in eastern ...

Seeking Jobs as Well as Justice

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

The struggle for the Civil Rights Act was about more than simply ending discrimination. It was about ending economic injustice and fighting for fair and equal access to good jobs and decent wages.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Moves On Minimum Wage Without Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Dave Jamieson

There's No War On Coal. There's A War On Coal Miners

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Whistleblower Justin Greenwell told regulators that his company, Armstrong Coal, was misreporting the dust levels in his mine, potentially putting min...

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.

Dave Jamieson

Business That Bashed Obama's OSHA Just Had Horrifying Industrial Accident

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2012 presidential campaign, Wisconsin businessman Lance Johnson said President Barack Obama's workplace safety inspectors wer...

Dave Jamieson

The Deadly Cost Of North Dakota's Gas Boom

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2014 | Business

More than 4,600 U.S. workers were killed on the job and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases during 2012, a new report from the AFL-CIO...

Dave Jamieson

Obama's 'War On Coal' Is About To Save Coal Miners' Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday the Labor Department announced new rules that will tighten the standards protecting U.S. miners from black lung disease, a ...

Obama To Push For More Overtime Pay, White House Official Says

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millio...

The 'Wag the Dog' Market -- Stock Manipulation Made Easy

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Market suckers have been taken in by these speculative games for four years running; why should 2014 be any different, especially with CNBC cheering them on by not explaining what's really going on?

Dave Jamieson

Labor Unions Get Some Good News

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Despite long-term declines in union membership, the proportion of U.S. workers who belong to a labor union held steady overall last year...

Are Headhunters Chowing Down on Boomers?

Arlene Schindler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

A site will compare my resume side-by-side with a half-dozen other candidates who went to better schools, worked at greater companies and possibly had better careers than I did. It's so depressing; I'd rather watch my own colonoscopy -- polyps and all -- again.

Dave Jamieson

Safety Program That Lets Companies Police Themselves Has Huge Flaws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The inspector general for the Labor Department says it has found flaws with a program that excuses U.S. businesses from certain safety i...

Bill Clinton's Labor Economist Says Minimum Wage Hikes Are TOO BIG

Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

At a time when Democrats are rallying around proposals to raise federal and local minimum wages, the former chief economist in President Bill Clinton'...

Labor Department Wants Safety Reports Made Public

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department wants companies to begin filing all workplace injury and illness reports electronically so they...

September Jobs Report Is Finally Coming Out

Reuters | Lucia Mutikani | Posted 10.17.2013 | Business

* New dates set for some September economic data * Employment report to be released on Tuesday * September CPI data due on Oct. 30 * October ...

Dave Jamieson

Fourth Miner Killed Since Shutdown Began

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Indiana coal miner was killed after being struck and pinned down by a shuttle car in an underground mine on Friday, making his the fo...

Dave Jamieson

Three Miners Killed Since Government Shutdown Began

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just as the federal agency that oversees mine safety has had to furlough most of its workers, three U.S. miners have been killed on the ...

Dave Jamieson

Feeling Safe? Most Workplace Inspections To Cease In Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Congress fails to fund the federal government to avert a shutdown, most investigations into workplace safety and discrimination will ...

Labor Department Grants Benefits To Gay Married Couples

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Legally married same-sex couples enjoy the same federal rights as other married couples when it comes to pensions, 401(k)s, health ...

Dave Jamieson

Obama Finally Delivers On Promise To Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a move that will change working conditions for two million Americans, the Labor Department announced Tuesday the enactment of a new r...

Vets, Disabled Could See Employment Boost

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Veterans and disabled workers who often struggle to find work could have an easier time landing a job under new federal regulations...

Pending Labor Changes Likely To Aid Veterans, Disabled

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With Thomas Perez now confirmed as head of the Labor Department, the agency is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that...

White House On Jobs: More Work To Be Done

AP | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A White House economic adviser says Friday's jobs report shows the economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn in a ge...

Day One

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

For 100 years, the Labor Department has been central to safeguarding and expanding the American dream for working families. As the first secretary of the department's second century, I will focus every day on creating more opportunity for more people.