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The DOL is indicating that it will represent union workers instead of exclusively backing business interests in the US, and depriving US workers of pay and benefits in the name of increased profits.

Solis:

...better jobs with a decent wage and benefits.

Hilda Solis, the new Labor Secretary, had these words for young workers last week, at a union training facility in Florida, according to AFL-CIO reports.

Obama indicated that organized labor will play a key role in the nation's economic recovery.

labor unions are a big part of the solution.

AFL-CIO report

These jobs are here. They’re available. They’re already being done with partnerships with private industry and the unions. I think it is a very attractive program that certainly could be used as a model that could be replicated in other parts of our country where we’re finding people who have just lost their job. Or maybe they want a career change so they can upgrade their skills and have a livable wage and provide for their families.

So many people across the country lose sight of what union representation really means: safe, health standards and enforcement of our codes. Our labor laws say you protect every worker. My job is to protect our jobs here in America and I want to continue to do that working side-by-side with you.

Let's work together to turn this economy around, using organized labor! The days of unchecked US employer exploitation of American workers may be finally drawing to a close.

Other young Americans contemplate their future as students in Engineering, one of the STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. CNN reports indicate that there is anger among students who see a bleak future for themselves, and for their parents in the STEM fields.

Can Kossacks help break the cycle of job loss and destruction? Can we agree with Hilda Solis, that local workers should be prioritized for the jobs?

I want to look at how certification occurs. I want to look at how the labor pool is identified. Whether it be in the surrounding area where that particular business may be looking and seeking for high tech individuals what extensive availability of information is there so we know,  if before we go abroad, we are first prioritizing those workers who are in fact capable and ready to fill these positions.

...the priority in my mind would be fairness. First of all, looking at how we provide fairness for those individuals who are trained and who are here in this country. Put them first. If we are not able to get there, then look at the statistical information and look at what is there. And then come up with ... looking at other frames, designs.  But at this point that is where I would begin in exploring that.

Excepts from the confirmation hearing before the Senate Labor Committee on February 9, 2009.

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Originally posted to tech ed on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 10:59 AM PDT.

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  •  tips for prioritizing American workers... (11+ / 0-)

    and for fairness!

    "...our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested US worker." -Lawrence Lebowitz

    by tech ed on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:00:19 AM PDT

    •  Hooray for working for all workers! (1+ / 0-)
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      Duke1676

      Hilda Solis has the interests of all workers at heart.  "Secretary Solis... understands how our dysfunctional immigration system leads to worker exploitation.  When millions of undocumented workers are without the protection of the law, it encourages unscrupulous employers to undercut the wages and working conditions of all workers.  These bad actor employers also undercut honest competitors who do play fair.  Strong labor law enforcement combined with immigration reform that brings undocumented workers out of the shadows will restore integrity to both the labor market and the immigration system." http://www.americasvoiceonline.org/...

      President Obama also cares about all workers and sees that comprehenive immigration reform is part of helping all workers.  http://www.ontheissues.org/...

  •  Amazing! (3+ / 0-)
    A Department of Labour that actually supports workers! Will wonders never cease?
    •  Under the Republicans, it was only there (1+ / 0-)
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      wblynch

      to drive us downward. The disparity of income between the rich and the poor must be addressed.

      "...our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested US worker." -Lawrence Lebowitz

      by tech ed on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:09:42 AM PDT

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  •  Enforcing labor laws helps all workers. (1+ / 0-)
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    Duke1676

    The AFL-CIO supports comprehenisve immigration reform because they know that having some workers who can be deported for trying to organize a union or enforce their legal rights hurts all workers. http://blog.aflcio.org/...

    Many of the highly publicized immigration raids have come where workers are organizing a union. http://blog.aflcio.org/...

    As David Bacon, author of Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants said: The criminalization of work really is hurting everybody. We need a more just immigration policy and a trade policy, so we can have a common ground where all workers can advance.

    •  We need to forget about employers, free trade, (0+ / 0-)

      and the pressure on the part of the plutocracy to increase their earnings constantly. What matters is the ability of US workers to earn a living wage, and to receive benefits.

      As Bernie Sanders said, during an interview with C-SPAN:

      The time is long overdue for us to start investing in our own people.

      The issue is that everyone knows that we live in a global economy and trade is a good thing. I think that our trade policies are shaped by large multi-nationals who focus on getting cheap foreign labor and then shipping the products back into this country.

      A caller's question:

      Big Box store - routinely forces its vendors to shut down operations here and take them over to China. With these tax cuts, it seems that we're helping China and Korea with the electronics instead of Americans, and so we need to start thinking about every dollar being a vote.

      Sanders' response:

      ...the issue that you are raising though, about the fact that when we go to stores, almost - more often than the not, the products that we're buying are not made in the United States, that our manufacturing capability has collapsed in recent years. We've lost millions of good-paying jobs, and when you go shopping, it's China, and China, and China, and maybe occasionally it's Mexico. But this issue speaks, in my view, to the disastrous trade policies that we have. That's permanent normal trade relations with China, NAFTA, the fact that American corporations have shut down plants all over this country, thrown millions of workers out on the street, moved to China then they're bringing their products back into this country. And that is not just blue-collar jobs, it's increasingly white collar jobs as well. So I am not a great fan of unfettered free trade. I think you need a good trade policy which reflects the interests of American workers. And I think that, if these large corporations want us to purchase their products, it's high time that they started manufacturing their products in this country, and create decent paying jobs here.

      "...our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested US worker." -Lawrence Lebowitz

      by tech ed on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 12:05:35 PM PDT

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  •  Obama and Solis (2+ / 0-)
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    children of immigrants.  What a lovely thing.  We are lucky their parents were able to come here.

    Darwinic pilgrims claim the image fills them with an overwhelming feeling of logic. --The Onion

    by mem from somerville on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 01:05:26 PM PDT

    •  They are in favor of getting jobs for (0+ / 0-)

      American workers, instead of replacing and bypassing American workers. That is the issue. It does not matter where any US citizens or permanent residents came from.

      "...our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested US worker." -Lawrence Lebowitz

      by tech ed on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 08:09:35 PM PDT

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  •  "Our labor laws say you protect every worker." (1+ / 0-)
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    How true

    Organizers have long known that the only way to ensure that labor laws are enforced is to make sure ALL workers are protected. Finally we have a government that feels the same way. This will make a world of difference to those who toil in the fields and factories that supply the nations food as well as those engaged in manufacturing and other jobs.

    For too long business has been able to play a divide and conquor game with labor, pitting black against white, skilled against unskilled, native-born against immigrant. Those days are quickly coming to an end...thanks to this new administration.

    solidarity at last...it's about time

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