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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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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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Lawmakers Respond to Supreme Court Ruling with Introduction of Arbitration Fairness Act

May 4, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

In light of the recent AT&T vs. Concepcion Supreme Court case, Sen. Al Franken, D. Minn., Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D. Conn., and Rep. Hank Johnson, D. Ga., are expected to reintroduce the Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA) this week. The AFA would invalidate mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, or civil rights disputes.

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Supreme Court Decision Limits Workers’ and Consumers’ Rights in Pursuit of Claims Against Corporations

May 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Consumers’ and employees’ right to class action lawsuits has been limited by the recent Supreme Court case ruling, AT&T v. Concepcion.

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Congress to Introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act

April 12, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Senate and the House of Representatives will introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) today in honor of Equal Pay Day, a day when people around the country call attention to disparities in salary between men and women.

The PFA updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially the same work.

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Richard Trumka

April 1, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

On May 12, the civil and human rights community will honor labor leader Richard Trumka with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for a lifelong advocacy on behalf of all working people.

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Study: Discrimination Has a More Severe Effect on Low-Wage Earners

March 31, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The consequences of workplace discrimination are most severe for low-wage workers, according to a recent study by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 

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