The U.S. Congress first established a Bureau of Labor in 1888 under the Department of the Interior. Later, the Bureau of Labor became an independent Department of Labor but lacked executive rank. It became a bureau again within the Department of Commerce and Labor, which was established February 14, 1903. President William Howard Taft signed on March 4, 1913 the bill establishing the Department of Labor as a Cabinet-level Department.
President Lyndon Johnson asked Congress to consider the idea of reuniting Commerce and Labor. He argued that the two departments had similar goals and that they would have more efficient channels of communication in a single department. However, Congress never acted on it.
Other organizational units within the Department:
US LABOR DEPARTMENT, COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT SIGN AGREEMENT TO REDUCE MISCLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
Dec 06, 2011; WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- The U. S. Department of Labor issued the following press release: Nancy J. Leppink, deputy administrator of...