BIG-DOL "Wellness Wednesdays" Walking Sessions Highlighted on BLS Intranet Website


Blacks In Government Department of Labor Chapter's (BIG-DOL) "Wellness Wednesdays" walking sessions were highlighted in an article that was posted on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) intranet "BLS Central" during January 2018. Read the article.



BIG-DOL Popcorn Machine Highlighted on BLS Intranet Website


Blacks In Government Department of Labor Chapter's (BIG-DOL) popcorn machine "Roosevelt Popper" was interviewed for an article that was posted on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) intranet "BLS Central" during August 2017. Read the interesting article.



Barbara Johnson Cox - BIG Region XI Council Second Vice President


Sheila StevensBlacks In Government Department of Labor Chapter (BIG-DOL) congratulates its member Reverend Barbara Johnson Cox on her election as the Second Vice President of the BIG Region XI Council, effective January 2018. BIG Region XI is comprised of chapters in the Washington, D.C Metropolitan area. In her position as the Second Vice President, Rev. Johnson Cox also serves as the Council's Membership Committee Chairperson.


Prior to her election, Rev. Johnson Cox served as the Council's Second Vice President, as a 2017 appointee by the Council President. She also is a Past BIG Region XI Council Corresponding Secretary. She is a member of the Council's Program & Education, Legislative, and Fundraising Committees. Rev. Johnson Cox is a past BIG-DOL President and has served as one of the chapter's Region XI Council Representatives for several years. She also has served on BIG National committees. Indeed, BIG-DOL is proud of Rev. Johnson Cox on her BIG accomplishments!



Retirement of Cheryl A. Sims


On Thursday, January 5, 2017, a retirement celebration was held at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in honor of Cheryl A. Sims, who retired from the agency with thirty-seven (37) years of Federal government service! Mrs. Sims received congratulations at the celebration for her exemplary service from William Wiatrowski, BLS Acting Commissioner; her immediate supervisor Ronald Kidd; co-workers; family members and friends; and the Blacks In Government Department of Labor Chapter (BIG-DOL). Mrs. Sims is a longtime and dedicated BIG-DOL member and a BIG National Life Member. She has served as the Chairperson of the BIG-DOL Scholarship Program Committee since 2002. Robin D. Matthews, BIG-DOL President, read a resolution of commendation and recognition from the chapter, highlighting Mrs. Sims' service to BIG and the government. Ms. Matthews also presented the honoree with a card, monetary token, and book of pictures of her involvement with chapter activities throughout the years. BIG-DOL congratulates Mrs. Sims on her well-deserved retirement and is fortunate that she remains active in BIG!







BIG-DOL Leaders Receive BLS Diversity Awards


On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Robin Matthews, Dr. Sidney Samuel, Lisa Hawkins, and Nathaniel Howard received Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Diversity Awards at the BLS Innovation and Awards Ceremony held in the agency's Janet Norwood Conference and Training Center. The BLS Diversity Awards recognize individuals or groups who have demonstrated consistent and exemplary efforts in improving workforce diversity and promoting inclusion and non-discrimination in the Bureau. When recognizing the four BIG-DOL leaders, who are also BLS employees, Deputy Commissioner William Wiatrowski expressed the agency's appreciation for the recipients coordinating the chapter's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) promotional event held on June 7th to encourage BLS employees to complete the survey and thus increase the agency's FEVS response rate. Nathaniel Howard has also assisted many BLS special emphasis groups with their programs held throughout the years. BIG-DOL congratulates Robin Matthews (President); Dr. Sidney Samuel (First Vice President); Lisa Hawkins (Second Vice President); and Nathaniel Howard (Immediate Past Second Vice President), on their distinguished honor!





Sheila Stevens - BIG National Military Veterans Emphasis Committee Member


Sheila StevensBlacks In Government Department of Labor Chapter (BIG-DOL) commends Sheila Stevens for her service as an active member of the BIG National Military Veterans Emphasis Committee (MVEC). At the 2016 BIG National Institute held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, she served as the Hostess Committee Chairperson for the Military Veterans Emphasis Programs held on Wednesday, August 24th.


This committee accommodated the presenters and participants with materials and handouts which helped them to assimilate the information being provided during the programs. Moreover, Ms. Stevens, a U.S. Army veteran, has devotedly served in BIG-DOL for over four years!








BIG-DOL Is Now on Facebook!!!


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