News Section:  Department of Labor (DOL)

In rapidly evolving Silicon Valley economy, funds will help close skills gap for about 920 recently laid-off workers

February 1, 2016

State:California Type of Award:National Dislocated Worker Grant Total Amount Approved:$3,200,000 Initial Award Amount:$1,539,570 Awarded to: The NOVA Workforce Board Number of Workers Served:About 920 Use of Funds: California’s Silicon Valley region is home to the nation’s leading technology companies. The region is experiencing rapid job growth – particularly in the technology sector – while also incurring significant layoffs in this same industry. In this rapidly evolving industry, workers with outdated …click to read more…

Respirable coal mine dust rule enters second phase of implementation

February 1, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – Eighteen months after its landmark rule aimed at preventing black lung disease took effect, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is implementing Phase II. Beginning today, underground coal mine operators are required to collect an increased number of coal dust samples, use a continuous personal dust monitor to measure dust levels in real time, and notify miners more quickly about the results of dust sampling. The CPDM …click to read more…

US Mine Safety and Health Administration announces results of special impact inspections at 17 mines in December

January 28, 2016

Who: U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration What: The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today that federal inspectors issued 163 citations and five orders during special impact inspections conducted at 10 coal mines and seven metal and nonmetal mines in December 2015. Where: MSHA conducted special impact inspections at mines in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Background:  …click to read more…

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2015 Union Membership report

January 28, 2016

WASHINGTON –U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement on the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today on union membership in 2015: “With today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report, we are reminded again that the labor movement continues to be one of the most powerful forces for strengthening the middle class and providing economic stability, for members and non-members alike. “Median weekly earnings of full-time …click to read more…

MSHA responds to favorable Court of Appeals ruling on coal dust rule

January 25, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. –Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied a challenge brought by two separate groups representing the coal industry to the final rule Lowering Miners’ Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors. The court denied the petitioners’ challenge of MSHA’s authority to issue the rule under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine …click to read more…

Proposed rulemaking updates nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

January 25, 2016

WASHINGTON – The workforce development system is the backbone of job training in the U.S. It provides millions of jobseekers and workers the opportunity to learn new skills and obtain new and better jobs. The system also serves a critical role in our nation’s labor market, bringing together workers and businesses to ensure that workers can find good jobs and that employers can find the skilled workers they need to …click to read more…

Three coal mining deaths in 19 days are ‘troubling,’ says MSHA chief

January 20, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. –Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main today issued the following statement regarding the first three coal mining deaths of 2016: “In just the first three weeks of 2016, and after the safest year in mining history, the coal industry has experienced three fatalities in three separate mining accidents, the highest number of coal accidents to occur in the same time period since …click to read more…

$5M in grants available to create jail-based employment centers to ready inmates for job market before release, reduce recidivism

January 13, 2016

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today announced the availability of approximately $5 million for 10 grants of up to $500,000 each to put specialized American Job Centers within county, municipal or regional correctional facilities. By doing so, the grants will support an integrated approach that links pre-release services directly to post-release services. The “Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release” initiative will fund the grants. Every year, …click to read more…

Funds awarded to help Maine paper industry workers affected by layoffs

January 11, 2016

State:Maine Type of Award:National Dislocated Worker Grant Supplemental Amount Released:$297,838 Initial Award Amount Released:$256,696 Funding Awarded to:Maine Department of Labor Number of Workers Served:Approximately 72 Use of Funds: The funding of this National Dislocated Worker Grant supplemental award will provide for the continuation of reemployment services to workers affected by the closure of Lincoln Paper and Tissue, LLC, located in Lincoln, Maine. The department approved an initial grant award of …click to read more…

Workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs in Pennsylvania to receive reemployment assistance with $2M in funding

January 11, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded POWER Initiative National Dislocated Worker Grant funding of $2 million to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to help provide reemployment services required by coal industry workers to prepare for positions in emerging and growing fields.   The department previously announced the availability of up to $20 million in these Dislocated Worker Grants as part of the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce …click to read more…