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Newsletter Photos - September 2, 2010

Solis Hits the Waves for Labor Day

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Secretary Hilda Solis behind the microphone as she hits the airwaves with the department's Labor Day message: The Obama Administration is committed to helping every worker during these tough economic times.

A Service for All Who Labor

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Associate Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Reverend Phil Tom gives his sermon, Doing Justice in the Workplace, at the Simpson Memorial Chapel.

Asaro-Angelo and Gurule Named Secretary Representatives

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Secretary Representative Robert Asaro-Angelo

DOL Leadership Hosts Gulf Coast Update Call

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Intergovernmental Director Elmy Bermejo, Employment & Training Administration (ETA) Assistant Secretary Jane Oates, ETA Deputy Assistant Secretary Gerri Fiala, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Director Patricia Shiu, and Wage & Hour Division (WHD) Acting Administrator Nancy Leppink

Veteran's Career Powered by DOL Funding

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Linesman Jason Morgan

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Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist Andrew Zobrist

MSHA Chief: Mining Deaths are Not Inevitable

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Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health


DOL In Action

Views of Free DOL Employee Rights Posters Jump Dramatically

Not all workers belong to unions; there are many reasons for this, but one of them is that many workers simply do not know their rights. The new Employee Rights Poster regulation, which took effect on June 20, 2010, will better inform millions of employees about their labor law rights. This rule requires federal contractors to provide notice to their employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers, and to engage in other protected concerted activity with or without a union, or to refrain from all such activity. The poster lists employee rights under the NLRA to form, join, and support a union and to bargain collectively with their employer; provides examples of unlawful employer and union conduct that interferes with those rights; and indicates how employees can contact the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that enforces those rights, with questions or complaints.

Who enforces this regulation?
Enforcement responsibilities for this new regulation are shared by two Department of Labor agencies. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is responsible for investigation of complaints, compliance evaluations, and conciliation; OFCCP will refer violations to the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) for enforcement. The sanctions, penalties, and remedies for noncompliance with the notice requirements include the suspension or cancellation of the contract and the debarring of Federal contractors from future Federal contracts.

Where do I get more information about the poster or obtain copies?
You can find out more about this poster at http://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/EO13496.htm. You can download the poster in English, Spanish or Mandarin from this same website. If you have questions about the poster, where and when it should be posted, please contact your nearest OLMS office. A listing of these offices and their contact information can be found at: http://www.dol.gov/olms/contacts/lmskeyp.htm.

How are things going so far?
After barely two months, it's probably too soon to tell, but we do know that a number of individuals are downloading the Internet page views of the Department's online Employee Rights Posters have risen dramatically in recent months, according to latest statistics from the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) shown in the table below.

Employee Rights Poster stats as of 8/15/10

Poster Format

Page Views (7/15/10)

Page Views (8/15/10)

Employee Rights Poster 11x17 (English)

19,781

23,194

Employee Rights Poster – 2page (English)

684

16,248

Employee Rights Poster 11x17 (Spanish)

155

1,070

Employee Rights Poster – 2page (Spanish)

NA

784

Employee Rights Poster 11x17 (Mandarin)

152

227

Employee Rights Poster – 2page (Mandarin)

23

98

Page views of the two-page English poster jumped dramatically during the period July 15 to August 15, from 684 views to 16,248 views. The single page Spanish poster version during the same period increased from 155 to 1,070, while the single Mandarin poster views rose from 155 to 227 and the two page Mandarin poster from 23 to 98 views.