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Employee Engagement and Empowerment

True employee engagement involves their active involvement in all facets of work, and certainly some assurance that their encounters, experiences and expectations are being heard. A key component of this engagement is creating forums, discussions, and even "community listening" sessions so that individuals can tap in and voice concerns and issues. This has worked well in my past experiences in creating "safe sites" for... more »

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Work and Life Competencies

As a human resources professional I have worked with diverse groups of people.  What I have learned is that there is a general need across all backgrounds to learn certain competencies that serve us well in our lives.  These are often learned on the go. I strongly believe that learning them at a much earlier age is more than useful. It is critical. My offer here. provide High School and post high school adults opportunity... more »

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Equality without hate or prejudice

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A few suggestions that transcend between Gov and Private sector:

1: Limit background searches to five years. Viz immigrants background are less, any individual who has been a  productive member of society for five years or longer without criminal activity demonstrates they benefit society.

2: Provide equal Financial support, educational, training, and other services to enable American Citizens to be self sufficient... more »

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Language Accessibility

America is a multilingual country. From Native American languages, to the Spanish and French spoken by those whose families have lived in the southwest, Louisiana and Maine since before they became part of the U.S., to the languages brought here by immigrants who have come here throughout our history with their dreams and energy. The services provided by the Department of Labor and its contractors should be fully accessible... more »

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Leverage EO to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The CCD Employment and training task force submits the following comments on how DOL can proactively recruit and hire people with disabilities.

In the economic expansion prior to COVID-19, 38.8 percent of US civilians with disabilities ages 18-64 living in the community were employed, compared to 78.6 percent of people without disabilities – a gap of 39.7 percentage points. Fully one quarter (25.9%) of US civilians with... more »

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Repeal the Fair Labor Standards Act. Defend the Dignity of Labor

White Collar vs Blue Collar. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is fundamentally flawed

In my analysis, FLSA is fundamentally flawed for it divides workers into categories such as "White Collar" and "Blue Collar" without understanding the basis for the man's existence in the natural world.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed into law on June 25, 1938 claiming that it will provide protection to people working... more »

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Use Communication Tools Familiar to Underserved

1. Use communications and engagement tools with which underserved communities are familiar and comfortable.

Each generation has their preferred methods of contact and communication; however, federal agencies need to ensure that they are not relying on antiquated methods for advertising employment programs and services. Outdated pamphlets and flyers often sit unused on shelves as offices that pivoted to telework have... more »

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close gaps in high school grad rates and improve life-skills

The pandemic has made clear that the nation must transform itself to advance racial justice and make equitable opportunities a reality. Achieving that reality must begin by improving educational outcomes for students of color with disabilities. In public schools across the nation, there are 6.5 million students with disabilities. Out of that number, fully 3.5 million are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students... more »

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Stay at Work/Return to Work must remain a priority

The disability community is both the nations largest minority and a unique minority. It is the only minority group that anyone can join at any time due to accident, illness, or aging. As such, newly acquired disabilities have major implications both for a worker themselves and the work for their employer. For the past several year, researchers and practioners from DOL have dedicated themselves to tracking and improving... more »

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Create public education documents

Create public education documents for workers by publishing a fact sheet for service workers in plain language on how the SCA and the NLRA interact to protect and encourage collective bargaining and a fact sheet for contractors that includes an explanation of SCA price adjustment principles for collectively bargained wage determinations.

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Building Pipelines from High School to College

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High school senior students with disabilities in underserved Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities should have access to programs that build a pipeline to colleges and universities, which in turn afford opportunities to participate in programs like the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). BIPOC  communities have a wealth of talent and abilities in the S.T.E.A.M. fields waiting to be discovered and given... more »

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