HR Strange But True!
February 04, 2009

If you missed the recent Inauguration, but are still DC-bound this year, as an HR pro, you simply must stop at the Labor Hall of Fame.

Never heard of it? It's housed in the Willard Wirtz Library in the U.S. Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW , in Washington. (If you get lost, call 202-693-6600) and is open during DOL workdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The Labor Hall of Fame opened in 1988 with the purpose of honoring Americans with “distinctive contributions” to the field of labor which have enhanced the quality of life for workers in this country. Honorees are chosen annually by a selection panel including the Solicitor of Labor, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, and the Counselor to the Secretary of Labor. Formal induction ceremonies take place under the direction of the Director of the Hall of Fame.

There are portraits of all inductees, along with other photos and memorabilia. The list of honorees includes some famous names: Adolphus Busch, Eugene V. Debs, Arthur J. Goldberg, Milton Hershey, Robert Wood Johnson, Frances Perkins, Walter Reuther, and Charles L. Walgreen, among others.

For more HR-related fun, you can view print, electronic, and microform versions of labor laws, legal treatises, and regulatory documents in the Library's archives, as well as newspaper articles and journals going back to 1898.

Source: Labor Hall of Fame

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