The premise of the American Dream is that hard work pays off – making it possible to improve your life, care for your family and reach your goals. Work is changing, but America has always been a country filled with hard workers. That's why this Labor Day, we're celebrating workers by promoting good jobs and providing the tools and resources they need to succeed.
Improving job quality and job equity through our Good Jobs Initiative
The Good Jobs Initiative is focused on providing critical information to workers, employers and government as they work to improve job quality and create access to good jobs free from discrimination and harassment for all working people.
Explore the Good Jobs Principles >>
Interested in unions and collective bargaining? We're here to help.
Our new Worker Organizing Resource and Knowledge (WORK) Center website is a one-stop shop for information and resources on unions and collective bargaining for workers, unions, policymakers and anyone interested in taking action to support worker organizing and successful labor-management collaboration.
Visit the WORK Center website >>
Learn more about our role in the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment >>
Honoring the essential workers who kept us moving forward during the pandemic
To honor the tireless efforts of those who have kept us moving forward during the pandemic, we're inducting the Essential Workers of the COVID-19 Pandemic into the Labor Hall of Honor.
Watch the induction ceremony live on Sept. 1 at 11:00AM ET >>
New and Noteworthy
Historic laws are victories for America's workers
Thanks to President Biden's leadership, the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act will create good jobs and help America's workers rebuild their communities, revitalize our industries and secure a healthy future for our children.
New MSHA app delivers critical information directly to miners
A new mobile app for iPhone and Android helps miners understand their rights, find safety and health tips and get notified of accidents in the mining community.
Celebrating 85 years of the National Apprenticeship Act
We recently marked the 85th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act by announcing several initiatives designed to expand Registered Apprenticeships.
Black lung program compensates workers
In FY21 our Office of Workers' Compensation Programs Black Lung Program served more than 30,000 coal miners with black lung disease and their families by providing nearly $200 M in total compensation.
Ensuring workers know their rights during Labor Rights Week
All workers in the United States, regardless of where they're from, have the same right to a safe and healthful workplace and full payment of wages earned under federal law. Learn more about Labor Rights Week.
WATCH: The history of Labor Day
Learn about the origin of the only federal holiday dedicated to honoring and recognizing America's workers.
WATCH: Department leaders take on Labor Day trivia
Secretary Walsh tested department leadership on Labor Day trivia. Watch and see how they did.
Labor Day social media resources
Join us in sharing social media messages that celebrate and support workers. (In English and Español)
Work is changing, and we're meeting the moment
Department leaders reflect on how they’re promoting good jobs and providing the tools and resources workers need to succeed.
How the Department of Labor is Celebrating the Strength of America's Workforce this Labor Day
Secretary Walsh highlights a few of the many ways the U.S. Department of Labor and the Biden-Harris administration are empowering workers.
Labor Day Around the World
While we tend to think about Labor Day as a uniquely American holiday, the idea of a day for honoring working people has long held international appeal.
"Every recovery has a lesson to teach. Here's one for this Labor Day: Never bet against America's workers."
— U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh