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Dec. 5, 2008: The U.S. Department of Labor reports employers slashed 533,000 jobs the month before—the most in 34 years—as the Great Recession surged. The unemployment rolls had risen for seven months before that and were to continue to soar for another 10 months before topping 10 percent and beginning to level off late the following year.

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5 Key Tasks for the New Secretary of Labor
Updated On: Feb 01, 2013

Jan. 31, 2013 | Kate Bronfenbrenner, a professor at Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations told In These Times that the new DOL secretary will have to be outspoken and ready for a fight. The Labor Secretary should "demand the involvement of working people in every area of decision making" and "be a voice lobbying for the Department of Labor to be representing the interests of working people, arguing for resources that are needed to protect workers, and to insist that workers' voices need to be heard in economic discussions, on economy, on trade, on taxes, the impact of economic strategies on unemployment, pensions, on wages, on families. And the secretary must defend the right to organize…" We couldn't agree more. Read more at inthesetimes.com.


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