|Name||Suzanne M. Bump|
|Address||409 North Plain Rd |
Great Barrington, Massachusetts , United States
|| February 18, 1956
|Contributor||Nikki from Beacon Hill|
Feb 20, 2021 02:28pm
|Info||In 2007, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Suzanne M. Bump as Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. She is a member of his Cabinet and one of five members of the development cabinet. Through Secretary Bump’s leadership, the Patrick-Murray administration has improved the performance and effectiveness of both the labor and workforce agencies. |
As one of her first initiatives Secretary Bump led the reorganization of the commonwealth’s public sector labor relations agencies, depoliticizing and professionalizing management and establishing an oversight panel. She also worked with the Governor on his issuance of Executive Order No. 499, establishing the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification, which has established a new standard for multi-agency cooperation in targeting businesses which fail to comply with wage, tax and insurance requirements. The Secretary has also expanded the workplace safety grants program to improve the health and safety of our workforce.
In 2008, Secretary Bump launched a statewide Regional Workforce Strategies Initiative which identifies the workforce needs of businesses in each region of the state and works to close persistent skills gaps. She also has focused on system performance and on linkages between workforce development and community colleges. In 2009, she was elected to the Board of Directors as the Region 1 Representative of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) in September for a 12 month term.
Secretary Bump has responded to the demands placed by the recession on the unemployment system by expanding customer access and service. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided millions of dollars in funding that has been used for additional unemployment benefits, job training vouchers, and more intensive services at the state’s 37 one-stop career centers. In addition, Secretary Bump leveraged state resources to augment new summer jobs funding from ARRA. As a result, over 11,000 young adults were hired during the summer of 2009.
Secretary Bump, a native of Whitman, Massachusetts, has a long history of serving both working families and business. She was a member of the House of Representatives, serving for eight years in the Legislature on the Commerce and Labor Committee, including two as Chairman. As chairman, she enacted reforms to the workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance laws.
This year, Secretary Bump has been honored by the Labor Guild as the recipient of the 2009 Rev. Ed Boyle, SJ Award which recognizes her as an outstanding public official for her competence, vision and integrity that she brings to labor relations. The Labor Guild is an ecumenical organization sponsored by the Archdiocese of Boston that strives to promote healthy labor management relations. Secretary Bump and her husband, Paul McDevitt are the first husband and wife team to have both received this honor! In addition, Secretary Bump has been named a 2009 “Women of Justice” honoree by the Women Bar Association and Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers. She earned an A.B. in English from Boston College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.