Department of Labor Launches We Can Help Campaign
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today used the historic setting of Chicago's famed Jane
Addams Hull-House Museum, on the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois, to unveil the
U.S. Department of Labor's "We Can Help" campaign. Solis committed to helping the nation's
low-wage and vulnerable workers, and reminded them that her agency's personnel will not waver
in protecting the rights guaranteed by law to every worker in America.
"I'm here to tell you that your president, your secretary of labor and this department will not
allow anyone to be denied his or her rightful pay -- especially when so many in our nation are
working long, hard and often dangerous hours," Secretary Solis told an energized crowd of
workers, community advocates and leaders. "We can help, and we will help. If you work in this
country, you are protected by our laws. And you can count on the U.S. Department of Labor to
see to it that those protections work for you."
Today's event marked the beginning of the "We Can Help" nationwide campaign. The effort,
which is being spearheaded by the department's Wage and Hour Division, will help connect
America's most vulnerable and low-wage workers with the broad array of services offered by the
Department of Labor. The campaign will place a special focus on reaching employees in such
industries as construction, janitorial work, hotel/motel services, food services and home health
care. It also will address such topics as rights in the workplace and how to file a complaint with
the Wage and Hour Division to recover wages owed.
Through the use of Spanish/English bilingual public service announcements -- featuring activist
Dolores Huerta and actors Jimmy Smits and Esai Morales, the launch of a new Web site at
http://www.dol.gov/wecanhelp and a toll-free hotline, 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243), the
department is renewing its emphasis on reaching and assisting workers who often find
themselves denied the pay legally guaranteed to them by la