DOL Newsletter

Investing in America

Secretary Acosta addressed our nation's skills gap at this week's SelectUSA investment summit, highlighting solutions like apprenticeship programs to train workers for the jobs employers need to fill. "America has always been a place where the best ideas from around the world are refined and applied in new and dynamic ways," he said.

Jobs in manufacturing

"It is going to be the policy of the federal government to provide more affordable pathways to good jobs," Secretary Acosta said in an address to the National Association of Manufacturers this week. One solution to close America's skills gap is to invest in workforce development initiatives. There are currently more than 6 million job openings in the United States, and more than 350,000 in manufacturing.

An apprenticeship model

In remarks to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Secretary Acosta applauded the industry for working with two- and four-year schools to provide continuing education and access to college degrees at no cost to employees. "Your industry, in many ways, is providing a model for others, and I hope our efforts can help you to further expand the workforce development programs you've already launched," he said.

$43.3M for veterans

We awarded $43.3 million to support job-driven training and reintegration for homeless veterans.

Flint recovery

The department is giving $4.1 million to aid water contamination recovery efforts in Flint, Michigan.

Experience saves lives

Under a new initiative, MSHA is working with coal operators to improve training for recent hires.

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Consent judgment

Under a consent judgment, three whistleblowers fired for raising concerns about tuberculosis exposure will be compensated.

Corrections made

A New York parking garage company has paid $296,000 in back wages and amended its payroll practices.

Agreement reached

Owners of two establishments at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market have agreed to pay $660,117 in back wages and damages.

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From masonry to molding

Looking for a more stable career path, Michael Damico found opportunity through an apprenticeship at the Philadelphia Naval Foundry.

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