The Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Bureau of labor statistics begins collecting employment

    Bureau of labor statistics begins collecting employment
    Originally parts of The Department of Interior, the bureau publishes the First Annual Report in 1886. A study on Industrial depressions
  • President Taft Creates Labor Department

    During his last days of office, President William Howard Taft signs the Organic Act creating the U.S Department of Labor.
  • The First Secretary

    A representer from Pennsylvania, William B. Wilson became the local union at the age of 14. He is an important person in the World War victory because of his effective workforce for defense production
  • Meeting the Job need of Immigrants

    Resulting from the Immigration Act, the U.S Employment Service begins functioning as a non statutory general placement agency for immigrants
  • The Monthly Labor Review is First Published

    Including information about the labor force, economy, employment, inflation, and productivity, Royal Meeker launches the first Monthly Labor Review
  • Labor Department Streamlines War Productions

    After declaring war on Germany, Congress created the War Labor Administration to organize production and to give the Labor Department an important role
  • Establishing Benefits for Injured and Sick Workers

    Providing benefits for the workers who were injured or contacted an illness at the workplace, The Federal Compensation Act was formed
  • International Labor Comes to the Capital

    The International Labor Organization holds it first meeting in Washington, D.C, even though the U.S is not a member. The international Labor Organization was chaired by William Wilson.
  • Women Receive a Voice in the Workplace Through the Women’s Bureau

    Serving until 1944, May Anderson was the first bureau’s director. The Women’s Bureau was created to develop standards, ensure effective employment, promote welfare and wage-earning.
  • Puddler Jin

    Originally named James John Davis, Davis supports changing immigration quotas, establishes the U.S. Border Patrol and lobbies steel mills to abandon the 12-hour workday. He is also one of only three Cabinet members in history to hold the same post under three consecutive terms
  • Railway Labor Act Creates National Mediation Board

    Railway Labor Act Creates National Mediation Board
    Approved by congress to mend the tension between rail laborers and management. The success of the RLA led to its expansion in 1936 to cover airlines workers
  • Fair Pay for Longshore and Harbor Workers

    The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act gives longshore and harbor workers compensation equal to that of state workers. It also compensates for lost wages, medical benefits, and rehabilitation services to longshore, harbor and other maritime workers who are injured during their employment or who contract an disease related to employment
  • BLS Begins Collecting Unemployment Data

    When the Great Depression hit, the Bureau of Labor Statistics was only collecting information on employment. But In 1930, Congress authorizes BLS to collect unemployment data - just as unemployment is about to hit an all-time high.
  • Father of the Five-Day Workweek

    Willian N Doak Doak encouraged passages of the Davis-Bacon Act and fights to regulate immigration. He also was an secretary of labor under President Herbert Hoover, He institutes a five-day workweek at the Labor Department, leading the way for progressive reform throughout all labor sectors.
  • The Trail Blazer

    Frances Perkins is the first woman appointed to the Cabinet. Holding the office for 12 years, she became the principal architect of the Social Security Act of 1935, She also oversees the creation of regulations on child labor and unemployment insurance.
  • New Deal Agencies Offer Employment During Depression

    President Roosevelt and Congress create independent agencies like the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the New Deal to help reduce high unemployment and bring an end to the Depression.
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work

    The Equal Pay Act of 1963 guarantees that men and woman be given equal pay for equal work. It also ensures that employers cannot reduce the wages of either sex to equalize pay.
  • Banning Discrimination in the Workplace

    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The act was initiated under President John F. Kennedy. Following his assassination, President Lyndon B. Johnson saw it through to law.
  • Launching the Job Corps

    President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the the Economic Opportunity Act which, in part, creates the Job Corps. A part of Johnson's "Great Society," the act is designed to tackle the problems of unemployment and provide opportunities for citizens living in poverty to compete in the growing economy.
  • Ensuring Equal Employment Opportunities

    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs was signed by President Johnson. OFFCP holds federal contractors to a higher obligation for affirmative action. E.O prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors from employment decisions that discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion or national origin.
  • The Service Contract Act

    President Johnson signs the 1965 McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act to protect employees performing work for contractors and subcontractors. This act establishes standards for prevailing compensation and safety and health protection, and is applied to every contract entered into by the United States and the District of Columbia.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act

    The Occupational Safety and Health Act ensures workers' right to a safe and healthful workplace. This act was also signed by Preseident Nixon
  • Setting the Standard for Pensions and Benefits

    The Employee Retirement Income Security Act was signed by Gerald Ford on Labor Day in 1974. This act sets the minimum standards for retirement, health and other welfare benefits, today enforced by the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
  • Vinyl Chloride Standard

    Vinyl chloride causes angiosarcoma, a cancer of the liver. As a result of OSHA’s standard, vinyl chloride exposures are significantly reduced in manufacturing facilities and productivity of the processes for manufacturing this plastic increased as well
  • From Manpower to Employment and Training

    The Employment and Training Administration is created by President Gerald Ford to replace the Manpower Administration. The administers job training programs and oversees the Unemployment Insurance benefits system.
  • Assistant Secretary Morton Corn

    Dr. Morton Corn, a professor of Occupational Health and Chemical Engineering, serves as Assistant Secretary for OSHA. He is the first scientist to be the head of the agency
  • A Vital Mission: Mine Safety and Health Administration

    The Federal Mine Safety and Health act mandates annual inspections for mines and requires that all underground mines establish rescue teams.
  • Serving Veterans as They Transition to New Careers

    The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service is established by Secretary of Labor Raymond J. Donovan. Veterans Employment Training Services serves veterans nationwide by providing job training and other employment services
  • Ensuring Rights for Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers

    The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act sets employment standards for farmworkers. The act replaces the Farm Labor Contractor Registration Act.
  • Age Discrimination

    The Age Discrimination in Employment Act was signed into law by President Johnson.This prevent discrimnation among people between 40 and 70 years old.