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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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New Report Details Local Progress in Combatting Poverty

November 23, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

As part of its goal to cut poverty in half in ten years, Half in Ten released its annual poverty and inequality indicators report at an event at the Center for American Progress on November 17 featuring Sister Simone Campbell of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign.

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A Win for Transgender Workers

October 29, 2014 - Posted by Angela Pavao

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an agency charged with investigating and prosecuting illegal practices in the federal workplace, made an important and legally reverberating decision last week when it ruled in favor of a transgender federal employee facing workplace discrimination.

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Report: Raising Minimum Wage a Core Civil and Human Rights Issue

October 3, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

An increased minimum wage was one of just 10 demands of the August 1963 civil rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. More than a half-century later, the national minimum wage continues to fall short of providing workers their full dignity and a “decent standard of living,” as called for at the march.

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Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Protect Trans Workers

August 20, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Following an announcement from Secretary of Labor Tom Perez in June that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would be updating its nondiscrimination guidance, DOL on August 19 issued that guidance to explicitly classify discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status as sex discrimination.

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Obama Signs Order Requiring Contractors to Disclose Labor Violations

August 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

President Obama on July 31 signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, requiring federal contractors – before they can receive new federal contracts – to disclose labor law violations that have occurred in the last three years.

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Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers

July 21, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

President Obama today signed an executive order barring discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors, a move signaled by the White House more than one month ago.

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DOL’s Proposed Rule to Extend FMLA Protections to Employees in Same-Sex Marriages

June 20, 2014 - Posted by Quaila Hugh

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced a proposed rule extending Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections to all employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of whether their home state recognizes the marriage. This rule would support the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor v. United States decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) almost one year ago.

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Obama To Issue Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers

June 16, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The White House on Monday announced that President Obama will sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination from federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Reinvesting in Children 60 Years After Brown

May 29, 2014 - Posted by Wade Henderson

This post originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org on May 22, 2014.

On May 17, we celebrated the anniversary of a turning point in American education – a commemoration of the end – or so we hoped – of “separate but equal.” But even 60 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, disparities in educational opportunities throughout our country continue to result in vast economic inequalities.

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Minimum Wage Bill Blocked in Senate

April 30, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Senate today voted (54-42) to block consideration of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S.2223), denying higher wages for millions of Americans, including a disproportionate number of African Americans, Latinos, women, and LGBT workers. The bill needed 60 votes in order to advance to a vote on the Senate floor.

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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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