Founded in 1913
Current Secretary of Labor: Ed Hugler
Edward Hugler. Digital image. Service To America Medals. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Apr. 2017.
The United States Department of Labor was formed under President William Howard Taft in 1913, just before Woodrow Wilson took the office. This department was formed after organized labor spent 50 years campaigning for a "voice in the cabinet." The first Secretary of Labor, appointed by President Wilson was William B. Wilson. Mr. Wilson founded and was the Secretary-Treasurer of the United Mine Workers of America. Working conditions and labor peace became a major focus of the Department of Labor once the United States entered World War 1 in 1917. This is when the 8-hour workday originated. The Department of Labor played a major role in laws for laborers during World War II and the Great Depression. Frances Perkins, appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, was the first woman to serve in the President's Cabinet.
President Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act. Secretary of Labor Perkins is directly behind the President. The Social Security Act was signed in 1935 in an effort to prevent future depressions.