The U.S. Labor Department has touched families and lives across the country for nearly one hundred years. From infancy, we ensure that working parents can care for newborns under the Family and Medical Leave Act. And in retirement, we’re the folks who protect your pensions. Health and safety in the workplace? That’s us. A paycheck that just doesn’t add up? We are your first call. Job training after a lay-off, protecting civilian jobs for returning service members, guarding against discrimination at companies that do work for the federal government? That’s us, too.
This Friday, January 18 at 12:30 p.m. EST, Secretary Solis will host an open house on Twitter as part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration activities. This is an opportunity to chat about the important services that the Department provides for American workers through its various agencies: from job-readiness and workforce development to worker protections and civil rights in the federal contractor workplace. In addition, we will highlight the Department’s growth and accomplishments over the century in commemoration of our Centennial. Join the conversation Friday by using the hashtag #DOL100. You may also tweet questions in advance to @HildaSolisDOL. Please forward this information to your networks and we look forward to chatting with you.
The inauguration activities will continue on Saturday with the National Day of Service. Continuing a tradition he started at his first inauguration in 2009, President Obama is calling on Americans in all 50 states to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and participate in the National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19th, 2013. The National Day of Service is the First Family’s most treasured inaugural event – but it’s not just about January 19th: The President will be asking Americans to make an ongoing commitment in their communities, focusing on seven issue areas: health, faith, education, the environment, honoring our veterans and military families, community resilience, and economic development. To find an event in your area, please visit http://2013pic.org/service/serve to sign-up for a service activity.
For those that will be in Washington, DC, please join us on the National Mall for a historic Service Fair to engage with federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, and service organizations from across the country on the issues you care about. Speaking and performing at the Service Summit will be National Day of Service Honorary Chair Chelsea Clinton, PIC Co-Chair Eva Longoria, singer-songwriter Ben Folds, Iraq war veteran and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, American Heart Association spokesperson and television personality Star Jones, actress Angela Bassett, gospel singer Yolanda Adams, U.S. Rep and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and the Washington Children’s Choir. The event will be emceed by local radio host Tommy McFly. RSVP today and commit to being part of the National Day of Service Summit.