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Women’s History Month: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Envisioning the Future

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:03am
Women’s History Month: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Envisioning the Future

During Women’s History Month we honor the female trailblazers of the past, celebrate the achievements of women today, and envision a future of opportunities that knows no bounds.

The Trump Administration’s pro-growth agenda has created tremendous economic growth and opportunity. Over the last year, we have seen the lowest unemployment for women in 65 years, the fastest wage growth since 2009, and a workforce with a record number of women working.

The Women’s Bureau is focused on supporting this growth, and the women who are shaping our current and future workforce.  We are proud to explore ways to increase access to quality, affordable child care for families, job creators, and women in the current and future workforce.

A report on child care released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers this week notes, “An important barrier to bringing more adults off the sidelines, especially women, may be the high cost of engaging others to provide child care. Policies that reduce this cost of child care could bring more Americans into the workforce, increasing opportunities for families and ensuring that our current strong economic growth is sustained into the future.”

Director Greene attends an event hosted by Ivanka Trump at the White House in February 2019 on affordable child care.

In 1854, Mrs. Cornelius DuBois founded The Nursery and Child’s Hospital in New York to provide child care for working women – possibly the first to do so. She recognized then, as we do now, that if women don’t have safe and affordable care available for their children, it is significantly harder to work, go to school, and learn new job skills.

More recently, President Donald J. Trump signed a federal budget that had the largest increase ever in Childcare Development Block grants – from $2.8 billion to $5.2 billion in FY 2018 – to help more families have access to quality child care when they work, go to school, and learn new job skills. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also doubled the child tax credit to $2,000 per child and provided a tax credit to job creators who provide paid leave to their workers.

Over the past few months, I have traveled across the country listening to and meeting with diverse groups of parents, child care and early education specialists, job creators, and researchers to discuss challenges and best practices around the provision of child care.

We continued this discussion earlier this week at a White House event hosted by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to further identify innovative solutions to helping families access affordable, quality child care. The goal is to continue to expand opportunities for all Americans and allow modern, 21st-century families the ability to thrive.

Today, as every day in our 98-year history, the Women’s Bureau helps ensure that women can capitalize on today’s opportunities, meet the workforce demands of tomorrow, and continue to blaze trails into the next century and beyond.

Dr. Patricia Greene is the Director of the Women’s Bureau.

tkoebel Fri, 03/01/2019 - 12:03 Dr. Patricia Greene Tags:

4 Reasons Employers Should Apply for the #HireVets Medallion Award

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 8:56am
4 Reasons Employers Should Apply for the #HireVets Medallion Award


 

The U.S. Department of Labor is accepting applications for the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program! This award highlights employers who are committed to not just hiring veterans, but retaining them in meaningful, long-term careers.

Not sure if you should apply? Here are four reasons you should:

  1. The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal veterans hiring award.
  2. Its criteria allow for the highest level of recognition for employers who are committed to veteran careers – including recruiting, employment, and retention. Medallion employers prioritize and encourage successful veteran hiring and retention.
  3. The award signals your commitment to and support for America’s heroes.
  4. Recipients can use the medallion in marketing materials, letting potential applicants and clients know that you’re a veteran-friendly business.

View the criteria, find answers to frequently asked questions, and apply today at HireVets.gov. Want to hear what previous awardees have to say? Watch these videos featuring recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award.

Sam Shellenberger is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor.

lmcginnis Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:56 Sam Shellenberger Tags:

MSHA Honors America’s Miners

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:26am
MSHA Honors America’s Miners

On National Miners Day, America honors the 325,000 men and women who work in nearly 13,000 surface and underground mines across the United States.

 

The hard work of America’s miners helps keep our nation strong and prosperous. Just as we rely on farmers to provide the food we put on our tables, Americans depend on miners to extract raw materials for products we use in our everyday lives. That includes coal that is used to power our nation’s homes, businesses, and steel mills; silicates and feldspars used to manufacture glass; and bauxite that is used for aluminum making.

 

The Trump Administration is committed to the health and safety of miners. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), which I lead, works each day to prevent mining accidents, illnesses, and injuries. We approach our critical work with a strong commitment to vigorous enforcement of federal mine safety and health laws, which includes regular inspections of all mines. MSHA simultaneously engages in robust compliance assistance to help mine operators comply with the law so that miners can be safe on the job.

 

This year, MSHA has announced a series of efforts to improve miner safety and health. That includes launching a powered haulage safety initiative, strengthening the Scofflaw Program to collect unpaid safety and health fines, and deploying a mobile technology system to help mine inspectors work more efficiently.

 

Having spent my entire career in mining, starting as a union miner, I know America’s miners are skilled, hardworking, and proud of their work. On National Miners Day, and every day, MSHA honors miners by working to ensure they can return home safe and healthy at the end of their shift.

 

David Zatezalo is the Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health at the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

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MSHA Honors America’s Miners

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:26am
MSHA Honors America’s Miners On National Miners Day, America honors the 325,000 men and women who work in nearly 13,000 surface and underground mines across the United States. lmcginnis Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:26 Blog Featured Image David Zatezalo Blog Tags Tags: