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March 19, 2013: Job Clubs Symposium in Sacramento, CA on April 17, 2013

On April 17, 2013, the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will participate in a symposium hosted by the Career Coaching program at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, CA.

December 3, 2012: Secretary Solis Makes Second Trip to New York City Since "Super Storm" Sandy

On November 29, 2012 Secretary Hilda Solis made her second trip to New York City since Sandy made landfall. She visited Staten Island where she met with workers and local leaders, including the president of the Ford Foundation, commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor, and consul general of Mexico.

October 1, 2012: White House Job Clubs Forum

On September 20, 2012 the White House hosted a Job Clubs Forum to highlight the valuable work of job clubs and job search support groups in getting Americans back to work; and to promote CFBNP’s Job Clubs Initiative

August 2, 2012: Colorado Job Clubs Symposium

On August 1, 2012, the CFBNP held a Job Clubs & Career Ministries Symposium at Agape Christian Church in Denver, CO.

July 16, 2012: CFBNP’s Department of Labor Grant Awards List Updated

CFBNP keeps track and organizes by state all grants competitively awarded by the Department of Labor to nonprofits and other organizations. Ten grant programs awarded in 2012 have been recently posted. Faith-based and community organizations are encouraged to find grantees in their communities and identify potential areas of partnership.

June 25, 2012: Central Florida Job Clubs Symposium

On June 22, 2012, Secretary Hilda L. Solis joined the CFBNP at a Job Clubs & Career Ministries Symposium at Iglesia El Calvario in Orlando, FL.

May 24, 2012: Grant Resource Updated

The Department of Labor recently announced new grant awards and solicitations for grant applications. New grants were awarded on May 23 under the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders program. On May 24, a new solicitation was announced under the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Challenge. These and other updates appear on the Grant Resources page.

May 18, 2012: CFBNP Hosts Webinar on Job Fairs

The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships hosted a webinar on job fairs. Representatives from the Employment and Training Administration and four job club leaders from across the country shared tips and strategies for organizing effective job fairs for job seekers and employers.

April 6, 2012: New Grant Competitions Announced

Several new grant competitions have recently been announced by the Department of Labor, including Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO), Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Prorgam (HVRP), Susan Harwood Worker Safety Training Program, and Grants Serving Female Ex-Offenders.

March 9, 2012: New Grant Competitions and New Grant Awards Announced

Several grant competitions have been announced in the past couple weeks by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), including YouthBuild, Senior Community Service Employment Program, Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training Program, Young Adult Ex-Offenders grant. In addition, ETA recently announced $183 million in grant awards under the H-1B Technical Skills Training Program.

January 12, 2012: Two New Grant Solicitations from the Employment and Training Administration

On January 12, 2012, the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of approximately $20.6 million under Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Adult Generation 5 to serve adult ex-offenders returning to their communities. Eligible applicants include faith-based and community-based nonprofit organizations. On December 22, 2011, the Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of approximately $98.5 million under the Workforce Innovation Fund. These funds support innovative approaches to the design and delivery of employment and training services.

November 18, 2011: Department of Labor Kicks off Vulnerable Worker Series

On November 17, 2011, the CFBNP joined Secretary Solis and the DOL Women’s Bureau for the first of four webcasts examining the economic hardships faced by vulnerable workers. This inaugural forum focused on workers in the restaurant industry. Future forums will focus on domestic workers and day laborers.

 November 15, 2011: Wage and Hour Division Hosts Stakeholder Webcast

One November 14, 2011, Wage and Hour Division Deputy Administrator Nancy Leppink hosted a webcast for worker advocacy stakeholders on the recent activities and accomplishment of the worker protection agency.

November 10, 2011: CFBNP Hosts Second Regional Job Clubs Symposium in Cleveland

On November 9, 2011, the CFBNP hosted its second Job Clubs & Career Ministries Symposium. This symposium was hosted at Mt. Zion Congregational Church in Cleveland. The event drew job club coordinators, faith and nonprofit leaders, and state and local government officials from across Northeast Ohio to discuss the valuable impact of the region’s job clubs in getting Ohioans back to work.

November 3, 2011: New Apps Get DOL Data to American Public

The Department of Labor recently held two contests to spur the software developer community to create "apps" — smartphone and computer applications — to put DOL data to work for the American public. In the Occupational Employment Statistics Challenge, first prize went to "Where are the jobs" app. In the InformAction Challenge, first prize went to the "Eat, Shop, Sleep" app.

October 7, 2011: CFBNP Hosts Successful Job Clubs & Career Ministries Symposium in Atlanta

On October 5, 2011, the CFBNP hosted a Job Clubs & Career Ministries Symposium at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta. The event attracted 350 community members to explore the role of job networking groups in getting Americans back to work and how these groups can partner with the workforce investment system and other public and private entities. Secretary Hilda L. Solis served as the keynote speaker for the event.

August 11, 2011: CFBNP Partnerships Community of Practice Surpasses 600 Registered Users

CFBNP's Partnerships Community of Practice (CoP) on the Workforce3One platform has 633 registered users. The CoP, which was launched in May has a wealth of resources on CFBNP's new Job Clubs project, as well as information on community-based partnerships, including a state-by-state listing of 240 new DOL grant awards.

July 1, 2011: Employment and Training Administration Grants Awarded in May and June

Over the past two months, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has been busy reviewing and announcing new grant awards under its competitive grant solicitation programs. See below for links to award announcements including the organizations awarded grants.

June 23, 2011: DOL Seeks Public Comments on Regulations Review Process

On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review. The Executive Order aims to create a regulatory process that "strikes the right balance" between what is needed to protect health, welfare, safety, and the environment for all Americans, and what we need to foster economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness. On May 26, 2011, in accordance with the Executive Order requirement, DOL published its Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules. To ensure that the Department develops protocols that meet the objectives of the Executive Order, we invite you to comment on DOL's plan for conducting retrospective review of regulations. In providing input on the Preliminary Plan, the Department requests that submitters please provide as much detail as possible and provide empirical evidence and data to support your response whenever possible.

May 24, 2011: CFBNP Launches Job Clubs Project

The Department of Labor's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships has launched a new project to support the efforts of faith-based and community-based job clubs and employment ministries across the country. CFBNP is managing an online community of practice that connects job club coordinators to each other through a range of resources, tools, blogs, discussion threads, and online events. The Employment and Training Administration has issued a Training and Employment Notice (TEN) encouraging partnerships between the Workforce Investment System and job clubs.

April 29, 2011: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Inducts Memphis Sanitation Workers into Labor Hall of Fame

On April 29, Secretary Hilda Solis held a Labor Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the 1,300 Memphis sanitation workers whose 63-day strike in 1968 led to recognition of their union by the City of Memphis, as well as increased pay and protections. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968 when he was in town to march with the striking sanitation workers.

April 27, 2011: White House Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office Kicks off National Tour in Philadelphia, PA

One April 27, the White House Office for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships kicked off its "Connecting Communities for the Common Good" national tour in Philadelphia, Pa. Nearly 500 faith and community leaders from the metropolitan area attended the full-day event, which was co-hosted by Mayor Michael Nutter, to participate in conversations with administration staff about opportunities for partnering with government.

April 26, 2011: US Labor Department Launches National Outreach Campaign to Protect Workers from Heat-related Illnesses

On April 26, Secretary Solis announced a national outreach initiative by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to prevent heat-related illnesses.

March 31, 2011: U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security Sign MOU on Civil Enforcement of Workplace Laws

On March 31, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) released a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning enforcement activities at worksites. DOL and DHS have revisited a 1998 MOU that guides how the Departments work together to help the agencies avoid potentially conflicting civil worksite enforcement activity and avoid duplicating efforts. The revised MOU includes three components: (1) Ensuring that the Departments' civil enforcement activities do not unintentionally overlap, (2) Implementing the agreement through dissemination of the MOU and appropriate instructions, notification of employees, and training, and (3) Fostering other efforts at interagency coordination.

March 18, 2011: U.S. Department of Labor Releases Proposed Changes to the H-2B Program

On March 18, a proposed rule that includes changes to several aspects of the H-2B program was published in the Federal Register. The H-2B program allows foreign workers into the U.S. on a temporary basis when qualified U.S. workers are not available and when the employment of those foreign workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers. The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed rule by May 17, 2011.

March 16, 2011: U.S. Department of Labor Releases Public Input Tool for Regulatory Review Process

President Obama's Executive Order 13563 aims to create a regulatory process that strikes the right balance between what is needed to protect health, welfare, safety and the environment for all Americans, and what we need to foster economic growth, job creation and competiveness. In response, DOL has created a webpage that will gather public input about how best to review DOL regulations, ensuring they are not outmoded, ineffective, insufficient or excessively burdensome. Visitors can respond to specific questions about how the review process should operate and which regulations should be reviewed. The public will also have the opportunity to comment on the review plan before it is finalized.

March 10, 2011: Secretary Hilda Solis Addresses National People's Action Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

Nearly 700 members of the National People's Action, a network of 25 grassroots organizations from 13 states promoting banking reform, affordable housing, immigration rights and worker rights issues heard from Secretary Solis last Sunday. In a rousing speech, she affirmed DOL's commitment to all workers, highlighted the department's efforts to protect low-wage and immigrant workers, and stressed the importance of continuing to expand the work of the Wage and Hour Division and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

March 2, 2011: US Department of Labor Announces Grant Solicitation under the Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration

On March 2, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of approximately $40 million in grant funds authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 to support successful applicants in providing enhanced transitional jobs (ETJ) programs, as well as other activities and services, to increase the workforce participation of low-income, non-custodial parents and/or ex-offenders reentering their communities. ETA seeks applications from non-profit community or faith-based organizations with 503(c)(3) IRS status with experience providing TJ programs, or that represents a partnership that includes an organization with experience providing TJ programs.

February 28, 2011: US Department of Labor Announces Grant Solicitations under the Career Pathways Innovation Fund and Juvenile Offenders program

On February 28, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced two new grant competitions. The Career Pathways Innovation Fund will award up to $122 million in grant funds to local Workforce Investment Boards and community colleges to support skills building and career advancement activities. The Juvenile Offenders program will award up to $17 million in grant funds to two nonprofit organizations with capacity to implement multi-site, multi-state projects.

February 23, 2011: US Department of Labor Announces Grant Solicitation under the Green Jobs Innovation Fund

On February 23, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of approximately $40 million in grants for the Green Jobs Innovation Fund. ETA will fund five to eight grants to national and statewide nonprofit or labor-management organizations with local affiliates with existing career training programs to provide technical and basic skills training that lead to green job opportunities in at least six communities per grant.

February 16, 2011: Secretary Solis Testifies Before Congress

On February 16, 2011, Secretary Hilda Solis spent more than two hours testifying before the House of Representatives' Education and Workforce Committee. She outlined the department's priorities and accomplishments and her vision for FY 2012.

February 7, 2011: US Department of Labor Announces Grant Solicitation under the Civic Justice Corps Program

On February 7, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of approximately $20 million in grants through its Civic Justice Corps program. Projects funded through these grants will help juvenile offenders gain valuable jobs skills, and participants will demonstrate accountability for their actions through community service. Eligible applicants include nonprofit and community-based organizations.

February 3, 2011: Secretary Solis Attends National Prayer Breakfast and Meets with Business Leaders

Secretary Solis joined President Obama, Vice President Biden, and dignitaries from around the world at the 59th National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. More than 3,000 individuals from at least 130 countries heard inspirational testimonies of faith from President Obama, Chilean miner Jose Enrqiuez, and Captain Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Immediately following the breakfast, Secretary Solis met with a group of 50 corporate executives to discuss how business can work with the Department of Labor to help train and employ workers.

February 3, 2011: US Department of Labor launches 'My Next Move' for jobseekers

On February 3, Secretary Solis unveiled a new online tool called My Next Move. The tool is aimed at providing jobseekers with information on more than 900 occupations, as well as local job openings and training opportunities in a simple, user-friendly format.

January 31, 2011: Free Tax Filing Services Available at DOL One Stop Career Centers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently launched Free File, a service that offers free federal tax preparation and e-file options for all taxpayers. Free File is made possible through a public-private partnership between the IRS and commercial tax software companies. All taxpayers have a Free File option. Free File is accessible at DOL's 3,000 One Stop Centers nationwide. The tool is also available in Spanish.

January 21, 2011: Department of Labor Announces solicitation for grant applications under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT) Program

On January 20, 2011, the Department of Labor announced that it will award approximately $500 million this year through the TAACCT program and a total of $2 billion over the next four years. Grants will support the development and improvement of postsecondary programs of two years or less that use evidence-based or innovative strategies to prepare students for successful careers in growing and emerging industries. While eligible applicants are community colleges and other higher education institutions, the grant solicitation encourages the participation of faith-based and community organizations as partners. These organizations can play a valuable role under the first funding priority: to accelerate progress for low-skilled and other workers.

December 27, 2010: OSHA Participates in National Council of La Raza Inaugural Workforce Development Conference

In October, representatives from OSHA's Region V continued their outreach to Latino workers by participating in the first NCLR Workforce Development Conference. OSHA staff teamed up with representatives from Chicago area community-based organizations to present a workshop on worker safety titled, " “El Trabajador Informado Estara Protegido" (An Informed Worker Will Be a Protected Worker).

December 20, 2010: Department of Labor Releases Fall 2010 Regulatory Agenda

The Department of Labor releases its regulatory agenda twice a year. The agenda lists all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during the coming 6- to 12-month period. The theme of the regulatory agenda is Plan/Prevent/Protect.

December 13, 2010: Employment and Training Administration Releases Guide to State and Local Workforce Data

On December 10, 2010, the Employment and Training Administration released a new resource, the Guide to State and Local Workforce Data: For Analysis and Informed Decision Making. The guide is a valuable tool for faith-based and community organizations to conveniently research and analyze labor market information/workforce information (LMI/WI) that can be used for program planning purposes and developing needs statements and other components of grant applications.

December 6, 2010: Secretary Solis and CFBNP Hold Green Jobs Discussion with Philanthropic Leaders

On December 1, 2010, Secretary Hilda Solis and Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Jane Oates met with leaders from several national foundations to discuss significant investments in green jobs programs, as well as effective strategies that create employment and advancement opportunities for low-income populations in the green job industry.

November 22, 2010: Secretary Solis Announces New Partnership with American Bar Association

On November 19, 2010, Secretary Solis announced a new partnership between the Department of Labor and the American Bar Association at a Middle Class Task Force Event co-hosted by the Department of Justice's Access to Justice Initiative. The program will provide legal support for workers through the ABA's Lawyer Referral and Information Service to resolve complaints received by DOL's Wage and Hour Division. Beginning December 13, complainants whose cases cannot be resolved by DOL because of limited capacity will be given a toll-free number to a newly created system where they are connected to an ABA-approved attorney referral provider if there are participating attorneys in their area.

November 18, 2010: Secretary Solis Issues Statement on National Day of Action Against Wage Theft

On November 18, 2010, Secretary Solis issued a statement regarding the increased enforcement and outreach efforts of the Department of Labor to protect workers. The statement was issued on the National Day of Action Against Wage Theft, which included events in 35 cities organized by Interfaith Worker Justice, a national faith-based organization that works with religious communities to improve conditions for workers.

November 16, 2010: Secretary Solis and CFBNP Host Leaders from National People's Action

On November 15, 2010, Secretary Solis hosted leaders from National People's Action, as well as their community partners in Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Rhode Island. The NPA team updated Secretary Solis on local relationship-building activities with DOL's Wage and Hour Division. They also shared their efforts around promoting worker rights. The meeting was facilitated by the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which has been working to strengthen and expand relationships between department agencies and community-based organizations that support vulnerable workers.

November 12, 2010: Access Points Webinar Recording and Transcript

On November 4, 2010 the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships hosted a webinar with groups across the country that have been involved in partnerships between faith-based and community organizations and the public workforce system.

November 11, 2010: Resources for Serving Returning Veterans

Two new tool kits focus on expanding services to veterans, including employment assistance:

November 9, 2010: CFBNP Visits Phoenix, AZ Access Points

Last month, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Associate Director, Ben Seigel, visited the Phoenix, AZ Access Points program and wrote about it on the White House blog.

September 7, 2010: Department of Labor Launches New Career Exploration Website

On Labor Day, DOL launched mySkills myFuture, an interactive website that helps laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations to explore. Users can identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to current or previous jobs, learn more about these suggested matches, locate local training programs, and apply for jobs.

August 30, 2010: “Keeping Faith in Labor” DOL Blog Post by Center Director, Phil Tom

In a tribute to Labor Day, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Director, Phil Tom has written an entry for the DOL blog on the special relationship between the faith community and labor.

August 23, 2010: Los Angeles Car Wash Owners Sentenced to Jail for Wage Theft

Last week, the owners of four Los Angeles car wash businesses were sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay $1.25 million in back wages to 54 workers in a plea agreement. As part of the plea agreement before the Los Angeles criminal court, the U.S. Department of Labor and local enforcement agencies will inspect the car wash locations' payroll and health and safety records during the defendants' four-year probation term. The CLEAN Car Wash Campaign, a coalition of community, religious, environmental, immigrant rights, and labor organizations have supported the efforts of the car wash workers. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis made the following statement about the case:

"All workers deserve safe and healthy work places and to be paid the wages for which they have worked so hard. And law abiding employers deserve a level playing field. I applaud the hard work of all those who fought to uphold the law in this case. Employers should heed this warning — we will not tolerate the exploitation of vulnerable workers."

August 19, 2010: OSHA and Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center Sign Safety and Health Alliance Agreement

The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships encourages worker centers, including nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and community groups to develop relationships with the Department of Labor’s worker protection agencies. This agreement between OSHA and the Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center is an exemplary case study in community partnerships.

August 2, 2010: 10 Things Your Congregation, Synagogue or Mosque Can Do To Help Workers

With Labor Day just around the corner here are some ideas for mobilizing your place of worship to support workers.

July 19, 2010: US Department of Labor's Accomplishments for Worker Health and Safety, Latino Workers, and Farm Workers and their Families

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor released a series of fact sheets outlining recent accomplishments for worker health and safety, Latino workers, and farm workers and their families. These accomplishments contribute to Secretary Hilda Solis' vision for the Department of Labor of Good Jobs for Everyone.

July 9, 2010: Transitional Jobs & Fatherhood Listening Session Materials Available

On June 30, 2010 the Center partnered with DOL's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to host a panel and webinar discussion on transitional jobs and fatherhood programs. Secretary Hilda Solis hosted the panel/webinar and ETA Assistant Secretary Jane Oates served as moderator. The event built off the President's Father's day remarks where he highlighted ETA's new transitional jobs initiative targeted to non-custodial fathers and formerly incarcerated individuals that will be rolled-out in 2011.

July 6, 2010: US Department of Labor officials to travel to Gulf Coast to meet with affected workers

At the direction of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, July 7 through 9, three U.S. Department of Labor agency heads will travel to Gulf states impacted by the BP Deepwater spill. The delegation will include Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates, Wage and Hour Division Deputy Administrator Nancy J. Leppink and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Patricia A. Shiu. During their visit, the federal labor officials will meet with local fishermen, community-based organizations, and state and local appointed and elected officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

July 1, 2010: Statements of President Obama and Secretary Solis on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis accompanied President Obama during a speech at American University in Washington, where the president called for comprehensive immigration reform.