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2011-07-06 11:35:00

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced that Jay Williams will serve as the new director of recovery for auto communities and workers. Beginning on Aug. 8, Williams will lead the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers as it assists auto communities in identifying federal resources that may be used as part of their recovery efforts. Where resources are lacking, the office will recommend changes or new methods that...

2011-06-06 12:40:00

124 current and former female employees will share in settlement involving equal pay PHILADELPHIA, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AstraZeneca, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, will pay $250,000 to 124 women who were subjected to pay discrimination while working at the corporation's Philadelphia Business Center in Wayne, Pa. The action resolves a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor in May 2010 alleging that the company discriminated against...

2011-05-09 12:36:00

ARLINGTON, Va., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today released 25 transcripts of witness interviews from the investigation of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that occurred in April 2010. These transcripts, from interviews covering mine rescue and recovery activities immediately following the blast, are now available on MSHA's website at http://www.msha.gov. They represent the first set in a series of...

2011-04-26 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today will announce, from Anaheim, Calif., a national outreach initiative by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to prevent heat-related illnesses. "If you're working outdoors, you're at risk for heat-related illnesses that can cause serious medical problems...

2011-04-22 13:05:00

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on Earth Day: "Americans have always worked to make a difference in their own communities -- and around the world. Earth Day offers an important reminder to continue that tradition. We can - and must -- address the challenges that threaten our economy, our security and our planet. "Investing in a 21st century clean energy economy is beneficial not only for our...

2011-04-14 10:29:00

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In testimony today before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) member Thomas Mistick, principal of Church Restoration Group, Cranberry Township, Pa., stated that the Davis-Bacon Act, as administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, "hinders economic growth, increases the federal deficit; and imposes an enormous paperwork burden on both...

2011-04-13 09:17:00

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Building and Construction Trades Department President Mark H. Ayers: America's Building Trades Unions welcomes and appreciates the interest and effort on the part of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to attempt to improve the manner by which Davis-Bacon Act local prevailing wage surveys are conducted and analyzed (Mythological Changes Needed to Improve Wage Survey; GAO - 11 - 152). As our...

2011-04-12 14:16:00

Unprecedented enforcement action is first in Mine Act history ARLINGTON, Va., April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it has issued a notice of a pattern of violations to two coal mining operations under Section 104(e) of the federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. Bledsoe Coal Corp.'s Abner Branch Rider Mine in Leslie County, Ky., and The New West Virginia Mining Co.'s Apache Mine in McDowell...

2011-04-07 12:02:00

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For 25 years, the health insurance continuation provisions in the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, better known as COBRA, have guaranteed that when workers and their families face certain life events, they have the opportunity to maintain their health care coverage. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement marking this anniversary: "Today marks a quarter century since the Consolidated...

2011-04-06 16:22:00

ARLINGTON, Va., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced the availability of an online service that enables mine operators, miners and others to monitor a mining operation to determine if it could be subject to a potential pattern of violations. MSHA developed the monitoring tool based on feedback from the mining industry and others, as well as recommendations from a POV audit report issued last September...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.