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Guest opinion: U.S. labor policy steers toward job-driven training

As the secretary of labor, I have a unique opportunity to meet with employers around the country of all sizes and from an array of industries. So many of them tell me the same thing; they’re ready to grow their businesses and to hire more people.

September 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Paid family leave benefits workers, employers, too

Forty years ago this weekend, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games. And so when I had children, I promised myself that I would do the same — not ju…

July 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Restore lifeline for long-term, laid-off workers

This winter, Katherine Hackett is wearing a hat and coat around her house. To save on heating costs, she keeps her thermostat set at 58 degrees. After 17 years in the health care industry, after raising two sons who are now in the military, Katherine abruptly got a pink slip and has been une…

January 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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