Latest U.S. Department of Labor News

Hearing ordered as miners protest by blocking coal trains

Aug. 23, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered an evidentiary hearing within two weeks on a protest involving coal miners who have blocked trains transporting coal. News outlets report lawyers for Blackjewel LLC and the U.S. Labor Department were in court Friday in Charleston. Miners have camped out on train...

Virginia gets $1.6M federal grant for apprenticeship program

Aug. 23, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than $1.6 million in federal grant funding has been awarded to Virginia to expand apprenticeships in fields ranging from computer programming to the building trades. The funding from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used for the Registered Apprenticeship Program administered...

US has 501,000 fewer jobs than first reported

Aug. 21, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market isn't quite as strong as originally believed — with revised figures showing that the economy had 501,000 fewer total jobs this March than initially reported. The Labor Department said Wednesday that nearly two-thirds of the downward revision came from the retail...

Wage hike may end Washington state firm's blueberry harvest

Aug. 21, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A mandated wage increase for Washington state blueberry pickers may cause one fruit company to end its harvest early, a report said. Zirkle Fruit Company of Selah said its season may be ended prematurely by a 50% wage increase ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor, The Capital...

Trump claims credit for Shell plant announced under Obama

Aug. 13, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to take credit Tuesday for a major manufacturing complex in western Pennsylvania in his latest effort to reinvigorate the Rust Belt support that sent him to the White House. He was cheered on by fluorescent-vest-clad workers who were paid to attend by Shell,...

Tennessee to receive $1.4M federal grant for apprenticeships

Aug. 8, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is set to receive a $1.4 million federal grant to set up and expand apprenticeship programs in the state. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says it will receive the money over the next three years through the U.S. Department of Labor...

US worker annual compensation slows slightly through June

Jul. 31, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose in the second quarter at a slightly slower pace than the first, suggesting that the lowest unemployment levels in a half century have not triggered rapid gains in worker compensation. The Labor Department reported Wednesday that pay and...

Fed aid to help Maine, 9 other states improve workforce data

Jul. 25, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is one of 10 states that are receiving federal grants designed to improve the quality of data about the workforce. Maine, like most of the states, is receiving about $1 million from the U.S. Department of Labor. The department says the money will help the states build and...

Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations

Jul. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eugene Scalia has a decades-long record of challenging Labor Department and other federal regulations, as well as a famous last name. The combination proved irresistible to President Donald Trump. Trump selected Scalia Thursday to be his new labor secretary. If formally nominated and...

Feds: Biltmore Estate in North Carolina violated labor laws

Jul. 19, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities have fined the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina for hiring a non-United States citizen over a qualified applicant from the U.S. The Ashville Citizen Times reported Thursday that the estate that owns the massive, gilded-age mansion in western North Carolina...