• New overtime rules cover 156,000 more salaried North Carolinians

    U.S. Department of Labor this week finalized a new overtime rule, effective December 1st, that doubles the cap for salaried workers to be eligible for overtime pay to $913/week ($47,476/year), directly affecting 425,000 salaried workers in North Carolina.

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  • USDOL Perez: Fight economic inequality with collective bargaining

    “The successful UAW negotiations demonstrate once again that collective bargaining is essential to a balanced economy,” writes U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in the Detroit Free Press

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  • We need new overtime rules, and here’s why

    Dawn was a manager at Dollar General for two years, and because they paid her more than $23,660 a year, they could work her like a dog, with 60-70 hour weeks, and never pay her a dime for her time over 40 hours. But that’s about to change.

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  • Overdue overtime update will boost pay of 160,000 in NC

    Public comment is needed as the US Department of Labor has proposed updates to the rules that determine which working people are eligible for overtime, a change that will immediately boost the pay of 160,000 North Carolina workers.

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  • Labor Secretary Solis marches with Labor in Alabama

    All of us should be proud to have a leader like Hilda Solis serving the workers of the United States as our Secretary of Labor. Secretary Solis is a reminder than we won more than a presidential election in 2008 – we won a fighter for working people in the federal department charged with protecting our rights.

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  • U.S. Department of Labor Launches Online Enforcement Database

    When it comes to enforcing the law and winning for working people, we could not ask for better than today’s U.S. Department of Labor. To wit, U.S. DOL has launched a new online tool “to improve public access to and understanding of the department’s enforcement actions.”

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  • Hilda Solis: “Making the American Dream a Reality for Middle Class Families”

    From the 1940’s to the 1960’s, when union density was at its height, the middle class in our country thrived. Wages and productivity rose together during that time and we experienced robust growth throughout the economy.

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  • House Republicans Block Unemployment Benefits

    Time is running out for long-term unemployed The Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday tried to take up a bill under expedited rules to extend federal unemployment benefits which are set to expire on November 30. The vote required a 2/3 majority to pass, but enough Republicans (143) voted against suspending […]

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  • Happy Labor Day from Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

    The State of the American Worker We are very fortunate to now have in Hilda Solis a Secretary of Labor who actually cares about workers and workers’ rights. The Congress and the White House get most of the media coverage, but it’s the work of the Department of Labor – the rules and regulations, investments […]

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  • U.S. DOL Requires Notice of Labor Rights

    Rule implements President Obama’s executive order A new rule published by the Department of Labor will ensure employees of federal contractors and subcontractors know their rights to join and form unions under the National Labor Relations Act. The change means “more stable labor-management relations and a more engaged workforce, which in turn facilitates greater efficiency […]

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  • Obama Steps Up Protections for Farm Workers

    Labor Dept. announces new rules for H-2A U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis announced tough new regulations on wages and job safety protections for temporary agricultural workers. The new rules, which will go into effect in time for the 2010 growing season, “reflect the Administration’s commitment to providing fair wages and strong labor protections for […]

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  • Naomi Walker, AFL-CIO, Moves to U.S. Labor Dept.

    Walker will be Associate Deputy Secretary at DOL Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has announced the appointment of Naomi Walker to be the Associate Deputy Secretary at the Department of Labor. Naomi will be responsible for policy development and outreach to the labor movement, and knowing her work at the AFL-CIO for the past 12 […]

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