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Department Of Labor Presentation

  1. 1. What is the focus of the department? <ul><li>A Cabinet department of the United States Government responsible for the administration and enforcement of over 180 federal statutes. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is the history of the department? <ul><li>Before the Department of Labor gained separate cabinet status in 1913, labor had been represented by various federal agencies. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First, the U.S Congress established the first agency called the Bureau of Labor in 1884. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>On March 4, 1913, President William Howard Taft signed the bill establishing the Department of Labor as a cabinet-level Department. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Major Accomplishments <ul><li>Elimination of war profiteering. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of the right of workers to bargain collectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of machinery to adjust complaints from the workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Sanctioning of the 8-hour day with overtime pay for any time worked beyond 8 hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Established the Women in Industry Service which later became the Women's Bureau . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Hilda Solis <ul><li>President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Labor. </li></ul><ul><li>Has degrees from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the University of Southern California </li></ul><ul><li>Was elected to the California State Assembly in 1992 and to the California State Senate in 1994 and in 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>Earned the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her work in environmental justice </li></ul><ul><li>Served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Was known for her commitment to labor causes and continuing environmental work in the House of Representatives </li></ul>Assumed office  February 24, 2009 Preceded by Elaine Chao 25th United States Secretary of Labor
  5. 5. Goals or plans for the department <ul><li>Creating more “green jobs” </li></ul><ul><li>Making safer working conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Work to prevent discrimination in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Raising minimum wages </li></ul><ul><li>Correct problems with immigrant workers </li></ul><ul><li>Stop employment for cheap labor </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the Employee Free Choice Act </li></ul>
  6. 6. General Information <ul><li>Budget: $50.4 million (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>16,869 Full time employees </li></ul><ul><li>Links: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ontheissues.org/CA/Hilda_Solis.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dol.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Labor </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWuQzJk6ERs </li></ul>

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