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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...

2011-04-05 08:56:00

ARLINGTON, Va., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, today issued the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the coal mine explosion that claimed 29 lives at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia: "One year ago today, an explosion in the Upper Big Branch Mine took the lives of 29 miners in the worst mine disaster in 40 years. Mine safety and health took on new meaning as we witnessed the...

2011-03-30 16:31:00

Flagrant violations an important tool in mine safety enforcement, says Main ARLINGTON, Va., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld civil penalties assessed against Stillhouse Mining LLC for four flagrant violations of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The violations were found during a Dec. 3, 2006, inspection of the...

2011-03-29 14:39:00

ARLINGTON, Va., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it will hold a briefing on June 29 to share with the public information gathered during the investigation of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va. The briefing will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the start of the underground investigation at the Upper Big Branch Mine and will be held at the National...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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