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  • 1. What is the focus of the department?
    • A Cabinet department of the United States Government responsible for the administration and enforcement of over 180 federal statutes.
    • Takes control of occupational safety, protection of workers’ wages and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, re-employment services, equal employment opportunities, job training, pension rights etc.
    • Takes its responsibility seriously to help America’s workers to cope with the current economic challenges. It prepares the American workforce for new and better jobs.
  • 2. What is the history of the department?
    • Before the Department of Labor gained separate cabinet status in 1913, labor had been represented by various federal agencies.
      • First, the U.S Congress established the first agency called the Bureau of Labor in 1884.
    • Four years later, the Bureau of Labor became an independent Department of Labor, but it lacked the executive rank; thus, it returned to a bureau again within the Department of Commerce and Labor.
    • On March 4, 1913, President William Howard Taft signed the bill establishing the Department of Labor as a cabinet-level Department.
  • 3. Major Accomplishments
    • Elimination of war profiteering.
    • Recognition of the right of workers to bargain collectively.
    • Establishment of machinery to adjust complaints from the workers.
    • Sanctioning of the 8-hour day with overtime pay for any time worked beyond 8 hours.
    • Established the Women in Industry Service which later became the Women's Bureau .
  • 4. Hilda Solis
    • President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Labor.
    • Has degrees from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the University of Southern California
    • Was elected to the California State Assembly in 1992 and to the California State Senate in 1994 and in 1998.
    • Earned the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her work in environmental justice
    • Served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009.
    • Was known for her commitment to labor causes and continuing environmental work in the House of Representatives
    Assumed office  February 24, 2009 Preceded by Elaine Chao 25th United States Secretary of Labor
  • 5. Goals or plans for the department
    • Creating more “green jobs”
    • Making safer working conditions
    • Work to prevent discrimination in the workplace
    • Raising minimum wages
    • Correct problems with immigrant workers
    • Stop employment for cheap labor
    • Promote the Employee Free Choice Act
  • 6. General Information
    • Budget: $50.4 million (2008)
    • 16,869 Full time employees
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