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.

Bradley Belt picked to lead PBGC

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- Bradley Belt has been selected to be executive director of the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the nation's retirement income watchdog.

Labor Dept. changes overtime rules

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday issued rules that expand the number of white-collar workers eligible for overtime pay.

Chao announces skilled trades initiative

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao announced Tuesday a new federal initiative aimed at attracting young people into skilled trade occupations.

Chao honored by women business leaders

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- A women's business group is honoring U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao for her efforts to assist women entrepreneurs.

Feature: Show us the jobs

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- The AFL-CIO building on 16th St. by Lafayette Square faces the White House on the side of the building where a bright sign taunts the Oval Office -- "Show Us the Jobs." This has been the theme of the union confederation since early on in the Bush adminis
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$24M to address health worker shortages

BALTIMORE, March 13 (UPI) -- Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has announced a $24 million initiative to address health care worker shortages in the United States.

Bush to visit Cleveland on Wednesday

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The White House's effort to woo swing voters in this fall's general election has begun to focus on Ohio, the Toledo Blade reported Saturday.

Job market still remains weak

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The Labor Department reported early Friday that the unemployment rate in February remained unchanged at 5.6 percent, but the number of non-farm payrolls reached
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Veto threat on Senate pension reform bill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Bush administration officials warned Friday a presidential veto was possible over pension reform legislation pending in the Senate.

Chao warns of dangers to U.S. from NGOs

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Non-governmental organizations should "be at the top of every conservative's watch list," U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday.

Chao gives Spector smackdown on overtime

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao has denied a public request from Pennsylvania's senior senator to delay loosening the nation's overtime rules.

US jobs data disappoints workers, Wall St.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The unemployment rate has gone down slightly, but the fact that almost no jobs were created in December is worrying both Wall Street and Main Street. The U.S. D
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New fed rules to help faith-based groups

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Bush administration Monday announced new regulations it will use to allow faith-based organizations to receive federal funding.

Bush and team tout economic recovery

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Amid a U.S. economy that continues to give mixed signals, President George W. Bush said after meeting with economic advisers at his Texas ranch Wednesday that h
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Enron officials sued over pension plans

HOUSTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The Labor Department Thursday sued Enron Corp. and about 20 executives on charges of helping cause the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to pensioners.

Grants for dislocated South Dakota workers

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao announced Monday two National Emergency Grants totaling over $1.4 million to help dislocated South Dakota workers.

Workforce: The jobless recovery

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- With Friday's U.S. Labor Department announcement that the unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent for May, the nascent U.S. economic recovery seems stalled i
T.K. MALOY, UPI Deputy Business Editor

Unemployed march for benefits extension

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Protesters backed by the AFL-CIO marched up Constitution Avenue Wednesday from the Department of Labor to the Capitol lawn to urge Congress to extend emergency unemployment benefits.

UPI's Capital Comment for May 8, 2003

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press I

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