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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.

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Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay, Senate to Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act

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.

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Employment Legislation Seeks to Restore Critical Workplace Protections

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.

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A Call to Update Critical Workforce Regulations

March 31, 2014 - Posted by Lexer Quamie

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced in 2009 that it would review and revise two sets of regulations and goals for women and minorities in apprenticeships and on federal construction projections.

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Minimum Wage Increase Will Help Working Families Succeed

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.

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President Obama to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors, Emphasizes Shared Prosperity in SOTU

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.

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New Polling: Majority of Americans Believe Failure of Economy to Blame for Persistent Poverty

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.

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Senate Votes to Proceed with Unemployment Insurance Extension Bill

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.

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Yellen Confirmed to Head Federal Reserve

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.

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Congress Passes Federal Budget Deal

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.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Support Equal Employment Bill

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.

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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.

  • Prosperity Economics:Building an Economy for All is a bold new paper that provides a comprehensive blueprint to grow our nation’seconomy, strengthen our economic security, and rescue our democracy from powerful special interests.
  • The Economic Policy Institute proposes the American Jobs Plan, a plan that would create at least 4.6 million jobs in one year

  • The AFL-CIO has a five-point plan for immediate job creation includes increasing aid to state and local governments to prevent layoffs and maintain vital services, and creating jobs by repairing and building infrastructure.

  • The Community Jobs Program developed by the Center for Community Change puts $40 billion in federal investment to work rebuilding communities and restoring dignity to families.

  • The National Urban League 6-Point Plan for Job Creation directly addresses the dire need for jobs, job training, business investment and homeowner interventions in urban communities across the country experiencing chronic rates of unemployment.

Source: Jobs4AmericaNow.org

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