Department of Labor timeline


Bureau of Labor begins collecting data


President Taft creates the Department of Labor

March 4, 1913

William B. Wilson becomes the first secretary of the Department of Labor

March 6, 1913

Five week work day is established

December 9, 1930

Frances Perkins becomes the first women appointed to a cabinet( This cabinet was the DOL)

March 4, 1933

President Truman establishes Bureau of National Labor Affairs to end child labor

October 10, 1947

First African American serves as assistant of secretary of Labor

March 4, 1954

The Retirement Equity Act is established

August 23, 1984

Enhancing miner safety & health (Miner Act)

June 13, 2006