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  • Books that Shaped Work in America

    Books that Shaped Work in  America
    The U.S. Department of Labor wants you… ...to share your favorite books about working America. The initiative, known as “Books that Shaped Work in America,” was launched by the agency (in partnership with the Center for the Book...
  • Lisa Murkowski, buffeted on all sides, explains key Senate vote

    WASHINGTON -- It wasn’t long after Lisa Murkowski voted to continue a filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to lead the ATF that the Alaska Republican found herself surrounded in the well of the Senate, as colleagues from both parties made a...
  • Senate confirms Thomas E. Perez as Labor secretary

    WASHINGTON — Thomas E. Perez was confirmed as secretary of Labor on Thursday, ending a long battle over his nomination in a key test of this week’s deal to end a showdown over Senate rules. Perez, currently the nation’s top civil...
  • Minimum wage, overtime protections extended to direct care workers

    Minimum wage, overtime protections extended to direct care workers
    The Labor Department on Tuesday announced a new rule that would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly 2 million direct care workers. The new rule would apply to workers such as home health aides, personal care aides and certified...
  • Jobs report: Fluke or sign of slowdown?

    Jobs report: Fluke or sign of slowdown?
    WASHINGTON -- Is it a fluke or a sign that the economy isn't as good as many thought? Analysts were shocked by Friday's Labor Department report that the economy added just 74,000 net new jobs in December, about one-third what many had forecast. The...
  • Fully staffed NLRB investigates complaints against Wal-Mart

    Fully staffed NLRB investigates complaints against Wal-Mart
    It may be some companies’ worst nightmare: the National Labor Relations Board, which is fully functioning with all its members for the first time since August 2003, is beginning to investigate labor practices and big companies, and so far, has sided...
  • Immigration reform advocates on Thanksgiving fast

    Immigration reform advocates on Thanksgiving fast
    WASHINGTON — Most years on Thanksgiving, Eliseo Medina sits down for a turkey dinner with his family in Oxnard, filling tacos with stuffing and extra jalapenos. This year the former secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International...
  • Obamas visit immigration hunger strikers

    WASHINGTON — President Obama told about 20 hunger strikers on the National Mall on Friday that he supported their effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws but was concerned about their health. Three of the protesters,...
  • Perez presses Congress on unemployment extension

    Perez presses Congress on unemployment extension
    U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said Congress left more than a million families a "lump of coal in their stocking" when it failed to address expiring unemployment benefits, and he joined a chorus of Democrats calling on lawmakers to approve a...
  • The 'nuclear option'

    The 'nuclear option'
    Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid says he's thoroughly fed up with Republicans' abuse of the filibuster rule to block President Obama's executive branch appointees. This week he may finally get a chance to do something about it. In saying that he may...
  • Perez confirmation vote hangs on Senate's 'nuclear option' debate

    Perez confirmation vote hangs on Senate's 'nuclear option' debate
    Thomas E. Perez, the Marylander nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, is set to face a critical vote in the Senate this week that puts his confirmation in the middle of a blistering battle over the use of the...