The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
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.
June 9, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
A new Hart Research Associates poll finds that 74 percent of Americans said that it is "too early" for Congress to cut back on unemployment insurance and COBRA subsidies.
June 7, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
A new study released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds that although Asian Americans have the lowest unemployment rate of the major racial groups, in reality, the picture of Asian-American unemployment is more complicated when examined by education level.
June 3, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Under pressure from Democrats concerned about the budget deficit, the House of Representatives passed a jobs bill on May 28 that did not include $24 billion in Medicaid aid to states or a $6.8 billion subsidy to help the unemployed maintain health insurance benefits under COBRA.
May 24, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held today that a group of African-American firefighters can sue the city of Chicago over a discriminatory hiring test, overturning a lower court decision that said that the firefighters filed their claim too late.
May 19, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
With more than six million long-term unemployed workers facing the cutoff of vital benefits by June 2, The Leadership Conference and its more than 200 member organizations are urging Congress to pass an extension of jobless benefits through the end of the year.
April 21, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Half in Ten Campaign, which includes The Leadership Conference, has sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives calling for them to support the Local Jobs for America Act. This important bill — sponsored by Rep. George Miller, D. Cal. — aims to create more than one million jobs over the next two years and provide critical funding to state and local governments, small businesses, and community organizations.
"We applaud Chairman Miller's leadership on this bill," said Melissa Boteach, Half in Ten's campaign manager. "Already over 300 organizations from 43 states, including labor unions, faith institutions, civil rights organizations, service providers, and the U.S. conference of mayors, have joined Half in Ten in expressing support for this bill. We look forward to working with these groups to continue building momentum to pass the Local Jobs for America Act."
April 9, 2010 - Posted by Wade Henderson
On Monday, April 5, a methane explosion took place at the Upper Big Branch South mine near Montcoal, West Virginia. Twenty-five miners are known to have lost their lives, at least two were injured, and four more are still unaccounted for. The Leadership Conference extends its sincere condolences to the families, friends, and co-workers of these miners and to all of those in the larger community who have been touched by this terrible tragedy.
We also wish to acknowledge and praise, those who at great personal risk, are participating in the heroic rescue efforts. It is appropriate at this time of sorrow, for the nation to pause and acknowledge the important contribution that coal miners make to the quality of life for all Americans.
April 8, 2010 - Posted by Beth Sadler
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Work Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal jobs program created in 1935 that directly created millions of jobs and provided essential income for the unemployed workers and their families during the Great Depression.
March 31, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
A new congressional report by the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), "Long Term Unemployment in the African American Community," shows that African-American communities have been among the hardest hit during the recession.
March 25, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The Senate passed the $34.5 billion Federal Aviation and Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act this week without a provision that would provide FedEx Express drivers and other ground employees with greater ability to form unions and protect their rights as workers.
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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