Jobs & Economy
Reducing high unemployment and supporting economic policies that address the needs of lower-income and minority communities are top civil and human rights priorities.
April 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
President Obama on Tuesday will sign two executive orders on equal pay, one that bans retaliation against employees of federal contractors for discussing their wages, and one that instructs the Department of Labor to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit data on employee compensation.
April 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D. Wis., and Tom Harkin, D. Iowa., and Reps. George Miller, D. Calif., and Rosa DeLauro, D. Conn., introduced legislation in March – the Fair Employment Protection Act (S. 2133/H.R. 4227) – in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball State University,which narrowed protections for employees who face harassment in the workplace.
March 13, 2014 - Posted by Danielle Brutus
The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing yesterday titled “From Poverty to Opportunity: How a Fair Minimum Wage Will Help Working Families Succeed,” highlighting the impact a raise in the minimum wage would have on America’s working families.
January 30, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 for some federal contract workers, an order that some groups hope will propel forward the enactment of federal minimum wage legislation.
January 8, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched an “unconditional war on poverty” in his 1964 State of the Union address, most Americans believe that the failure of the economy to work for all keeps 46.5 million Americans in poverty and a third of Americans teetering on its brink.
January 7, 2014 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The Senate today passed a procedural vote (60-37) to allow consideration of a bill that would temporarily extend unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans struggling with long-term unemployment.
January 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Senate voted Monday afternoon 56-26 to confirm Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve. Yellen is the first woman to fill the position and succeeds Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term ends on January 31. The Federal Reserve is the country’s central banking system created just over 100 years ago to provide the nation with a safer and more stable monetary and financial system.
December 19, 2013 - Posted by Hannah Cornfield
In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress passed the Murray-Ryan Budget Agreement, a two-year government spending plan. After the House of Representatives passed it last week (332-94) with overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate approved it yesterday (64-36) with nine Republicans voting in favor of the plan.
December 5, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 49 other organizations submitted a letter to the Senate this week in support of a bill – called the Equal Employment for All Act – that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D. Mass., will introduce next week.
Plans for Job Creation
The United States is experiencing its worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression. More than 12 million Americans—our family, friends, and neighbors—are out of work. This national crisis demands a bold plan to put people back to work.
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