Coalition opposes association health plans

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- A coalition of health, insurance and policy groups said federal legislation on association health plans would make U.S. problems with access to healthcare and the uninsured worse, not better.

Health Biz: Divide still wide on AHPs

WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Thursday in Health Biz: Democrats want to help small business afford health insurance for workers -- as long as it doesn't involve association health plans.

Trustees differ on entitlement focus

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- Two U.S. independent entitlement trustees say Medicare has more immediate financial problems than the Social Security program.

Job market remains patchy

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- After months of lackluster growth, it appears that the U.S. job market is finally improving, at least at first blush. But it's still too early to declare that t
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Job outlook good for college grads

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- As the academic year rolls toward completion, college students across the U.S. are asking themselves the same question countless graduates before them did: "Is

Biz diversity honored by Latina Style

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao took an opportunity to highlight some of the steps by the Bush administration to advance Hispanic job opportunities at an aw

Cheese factory hit with labor fines

ELGIN, Ill., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Federal authorities took to task an Illinois cheese factory that failed to pay employees overtime wages, billing them $181,895 in back wages. The Elgin (Ill.) Courier-News reported Thursday that the Grater Inc. cheese factory had failed to keep track of e

U.S. seeks stricter pension rules

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The White House is proposing tighter funding requirements for corporate pensions so U.S. taxpayers won't have to bail out bankrupt corporate pensions.

Chao taps new acting head for OSHA

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao named Jonathan Snare deputy assistant secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Tuesday.

Analysis: Avoiding Hollywood stereotypes

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Although The Walt Disney Co. has been criticized on occasion for misrepresenting ethnic minorities in some of its animated features, the studio's new DVD releas
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Step streamlines Guard, Reserve protection

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. officials have signed an agreement to protect employment rights of those returning from the Guard and Reserve, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Gov: Illinois law protects overtime

CHICAGO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says a state law he signed this spring ensures 375,000 workers in the state will not lose their overtime rights.

U.S. Labor Dept. to aid Calif. workers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Labor Department Monday announced a $2 million grant in emergency funds to help workers dislocated by flooding in San Joaquin County, Calif.

U.S. approaches China with stick in hand

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- First it was lingerie and textiles. Now it's wooden bedroom furniture made in China that has come under attack. The Bush administration said earlier this week i
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China and U.S. sign labor agreements

BEIJING, June 21 (UPI) -- The United States and China signed four documents Monday in Beijing that broaden cooperation in labor, employment and workplace safety.
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Elaine Chao
Building industry leaders and union presidents meet with Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to discuss the lack of skilled laborers in the building industry on April 6, 2004, in Washington. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Elaine Lan Chao (traditional Chinese: 趙小蘭; pinyin: Zhào Xiǎolán; Wade-Giles: Chao Hsiao-lan; born March 26, 1953) served as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. She was the first Chinese American and the first Asian American woman to be appointed to a President's cabinet in American history. Chao was the only cabinet member to serve under George W. Bush for his entire administration. She is married to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), the current U.S. Senate Minority Leader.

The eldest of six daughters, Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan, to James S.C. Chao (趙錫成 Zhào Xīchéng), a Shanghainese entrepreneur, and Ruth Mu-lan Chu (朱木蘭 Zhū Mùlán), a historian. Her parents had fled to Taiwan from mainland China after the Chinese Communists took over as a result of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. At the age of eight, Elaine Chao and her family emigrated to the United States, where her father had already settled a few years earlier. She attended Syosset High School on Long Island, New York.

Chao received her B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College in 1975 and her MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1979. Chao also studied at MIT, Dartmouth College, and Columbia University.

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