Big Shoes to Fill: Solis’ Departure Calls for Nomination of Workers’ Rights Advocate

By: Wednesday January 16, 2013 6:59 pm

Last Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis resigned from her position after serving in the role since the earliest days of Obama’s first term. Her departure sticks out like a sore thumb in a week when President Obama took heat for not appointing enough women to his cabinet as he begins his second term. In addition to adding gender diversity, Solis was also the first Latina to ever serve in a Presidential cabinet. As she wrote in her resignation letter, “Growing up in a large Mexican-American family in La Puente, California, I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to serve in a president’s Cabinet, let alone in the service of such an incredible leader.”

A former four-term member of Congress, there is word that Solis plans to run for office again in Southern California, possibly for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.


As Helping Hands for Elders, Home Care Workers Push for Respect

By: Sunday March 25, 2012 7:40 am

Workers caring for our greying population are intimately woven into our family lives, but are alienated from essential labor protections–though that could change soon. As we’ve reported previously, a longstanding loophole in the Fair Labor Standards Act excludes home care or “companionship” workers from minimum wage and time-and-a-half overtime regulations. Nationwide, about 2.5 million home care and personal assistance aides–projected to grow to about 3.8 million by 2020–work around the clock to help their clients handle the basics of life, while often themselves scraping by on poverty wages.

String of Positive Economic News Helps Boost Obama Job Approval

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 12:15 pm

Recently we have seen a string of positive economic indicators that all point to the same general pattern. While the individual pieces are subjectively good compared to pre-crisis level, the data gives the clear impression that the economy is modestly trending in a positive direction.

BP Hiding Workers’ Blood Panels?

By: Friday July 9, 2010 4:40 pm

“BP has either been blocking blood panels or they have been taking blood panels and not letting really anyone see what the blood panel works look like.”

— Riki Ott the marine biologist and author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on Virtually Speaking July 8, 2010.

3.3 Million Americans Will Have Lost Unemployment by Month’s End

By: Friday July 9, 2010 11:40 am

More than one percent of all Americans — 3.3 million people — will have lost their unemployment benefits by month’s end if Congress doesn’t pass an extension of long-term benefits. They represent a huge chunk of our neighbors, our customers, our family members. And our country seems to have decided they and those who depend on them are expendable.

OSHA Fronts for BP After Congressmen Press for Worker Safety

By: Monday June 7, 2010 6:45 am

After two members of Congress cited OSHA’s letter citing BP’s “general systemic failure” to protect workers, OSHA did an about-face and lined up to protect BP. What’s going on?

Senate to Vote on Patricia Smith Nomination for Dept. of Labor Solicitor on Monday

By: Sunday January 31, 2010 7:00 am

Harry Reid filed for cloture for the nomination of Patricia Smith to be the Department of Labor’s Solicitor, or lead lawyer. The vote will take place on Monday and require 60 Senators to pass.

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