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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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Faith Leaders Celebrate MLK's Legacy and Make Renewed Call to Action for Civil and Human Rights

August 26, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

On Saturday, August 28, faith leaders and civil and human rights advocates will gather at Shiloh Baptist Church to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and commit themselves to renewed activism for social justice.

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New Online Tool Tallies Senate Voting Records on Extending Unemployment Benefits

August 11, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Amid the worst recession in 30 years and an unemployment rate stuck at 9.5 percent, the Senate has voted 12 times to extend emergency unemployment benefits and allow eligible workers to collect up to 99 weeks of benefits instead of the usual 26 in most states. But a review of senators' voting record shows support for these extensions among moderates beginning to erode despite the clear need for them and the fact that unemployment benefits are considered one of the better tools for stimulating the economy during a recession.

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Local Government Job Losses Could Reach 500,000 While Legislation Stalls in Congress

July 29, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Local government job losses could reach 500,000, according to a new joint survey from the National League of Cities (NLC), United States Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties.

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Unemployment Benefits Extension Overcomes Republican Opposition in Senate

July 21, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Senate voted tonight 59-39 to extend unemployment benefits for more than 2 million workers. The bill now moves to the House, where quick passage is expected.'

Update:  The House passed the bill on July 22, and it was signed by President Obama.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Pass Unemployment Extension

July 16, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has sent a letter to U.S. senators urging them to support H.R. 5618, The Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010. With extended unemployment benefits having expired in June, some 2.5 million workers have had benefits cut off in the face of high unemployment and a weak job market. H.R. 5618 would extend the filing deadline for extended unemployment insurance benefits through Nov. 30, 2010.

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Department of Labor Expands FMLA Coverage to Include Domestic Partners

June 24, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Department of Labor issued new regulations for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), expanding its coverage to include non-traditional families like same-sex partners who take care of their partner's children and relatives who may care for a niece or nephew or cousin.

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Extend Jobless Benefits

June 23, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Senate leadership is likely to try again this week to bring a bill to the floor that will extend unemployment insurance and COBRA benefits, after losing two procedural votes last week.

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New Report Shows How a Legal Loophole Limits Union Organizing at FedEx Express

June 15, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

As many as 100,000 workers who drive trucks and deliver packages for FedEx Express face unfair obstacles to organizing unions because the company has been misclassified under federal labor laws, according to a new report from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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Majority of Americans Support Extending Unemployment Benefits and Health Care Subsidies

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.

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Study Shows Complicated Picture of Asian-American Unemployment

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.

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