Nearly 700 members of the National People's Action (NPA), a network of 25 grassroots organizations from 13 states promoting banking reform, affordable housing, immigration rights and worker rights issues heard from Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on March 6, 2011. In a rousing speech, Secretary Solis affirmed DOL's commitment to all workers, highlighted the department's efforts to protect low-wage and immigrant workers, and stressed the importance of continuing to expand the work of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The Wage and Hour Division and the DOL Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships have been working together the past year with NPA affiliates in Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan and Rhode Island to develop stronger collaborative relationships at a regional level. NPA leaders and DOL staff from these regions have been working together to address worker protection issues such as wage theft and misclassification. NPA and WHD are now expanding this collaborative work in Chicago, New York, Colorado, Missouri and California.
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Phil Tom serves as the Director of the DOL Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships