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Workers' Rights

Across America, working families are dedicated to the economic advancement to promote fairness in the workplace and establish policies that help men and women meet the dual demands of work and family. Yet all too often, workers who attempt to join unions, assert other rights in the workplace, or file complaints with protection or civil rights agencies face employer threats, retaliation and discrimination.

Other issues affecting the well-being of working Americans include tax cuts, bankruptcy reform, and the minimum wage.

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Advocates Emphasize the Need for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

June 14, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Barr

Employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans occurs throughout the United States, according to testimony given at a recent Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on  “Equality at Work: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

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FedEx, DOL Reach $3 Million Settlement on Hiring Discrimination Case

March 26, 2012 - Posted by Sandy Thomas

Equal opportunity advocates welcomed the recent news that FedEx reached a $3 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to address a pattern of hiring discrimination in its ground delivery business.

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Senators Introduce Clean Ports Act of 2011 to Improve Labor, Environmental Conditions at the Nation’s Ports

December 20, 2011 - Posted by Lexer Quamie

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights welcomed the Senate introduction last week of the Clean Ports Act to address growing labor and environmental concerns at many of the nation’s ports and nearby communities.

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Millions Counting on Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits

December 1, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

More than six million Americans are facing the potential loss of a financial lifeline if Congress fails to pass an extension of emergency unemployment benefits which expires on December 31.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Says Senators Should Be 'Ashamed' for Blocking Jobs Bill

October 12, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Senate Republicans, joined by two Democrats, last night blocked President Obama's proposed American Jobs Act from advancing to a full vote.

“The senators who voted to keep the Senate from debating the American Jobs Act should be ashamed of themselves," said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human rights, following the filibuster of the jobs bill.  "No issue is more pressing than the jobs crisis. Yet instead of the bold action that Americans are demanding, the Senate today delivered only more procedural gamesmanship."

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Proposed NLRB Rules Promote Transparency and Democracy

July 25, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The ability for workers to have a free and fair election process is essential to democracy, civil rights and labor advocates stressed as they testified in favor of the National Labor Relations Board’s recently proposed union election rules at a hearing last week.

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The Leadership Conference Testifies in Support of Fair and Swift Union Elections

July 22, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

This week, Lexer Quamie, policy counsel at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, gave testimony in support of proposed changes that would streamline union representation elections governed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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National Labor Relations Board Proposes New Rule to Streamline Union-Forming Process

July 1, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has proposed a new rule that is designed to simplify its secret ballot election process by which employees form a union. The NLRB is a federal agency that is responsible for holding elections so workers can vote on whether or not they want to join a particular union. 

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Supreme Court’s Decision in Wal-Mart Case Severely Limits the Ability to Challenge Systemic Discrimination

June 21, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes et al. will limit the use of “class action” lawsuits and make it harder to bring large-scale discrimination cases, according to many civil and human rights groups.

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Civil Rights Groups Applaud Connecticut on Paid Sick Days Mandate

June 7, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

In a victory for workers and labor advocates, the Connecticut legislature recently became the first in the nation to pass a statewide mandate for paid sick days.

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