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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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New Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Extending Unemployment Benefits

November 15, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

With the unemployment rate stuck at 9.6 percent, a clear majority of Americans thinks it is premature for Congress to start cutting off extended unemployment benefits to workers, according to a new poll by Hart Research Associates.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Identifies Six Priorities for Lame Duck Congress

November 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Congress returns to work next Monday for the lame-duck session, the last work period of the 111th Congress before the new Congress is sworn in next year. 

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has identified the following six goals as the civil and human rights community's highest priorities for the lame duck session:

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Report: 1.2 Million Workers Facing Potential Loss of Unemployment Benefits

October 22, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

A new report from the National Employment Law Project estimates that 1.2 million workers will lose unemployment benefits if Congress fails to pass an emergency extension by a November 30 cutoff date.

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Diverse ‘One Nation’ March Highlights Need for Bold Solutions, Voter Turnout in November

October 4, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Nearly 200,000 people from across America came together Saturday to rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the "One Nation Working Together" march on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The march was designed to spur elected officials to enact a bold agenda to move our country forward, and to urge voters to take part in the mid-term elections on November 2.

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GAO Analysis Finds Female Managers Underrepresented and Subject to a Gender Pay Gap

September 30, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

At a recent hearing, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee heard testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the prevalence of female managers, their marital and education status, and their differences in pay compared to male managers.

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Civil and Human Rights Community to Hold 'One Nation Working Together' Rally on October 2

September 28, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

This Saturday, October 2, hundreds of thousands of people will come to Washington, D.C., from all over the United States to participate in the "One Nation Working Together" rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the Lincoln Memorial. The rally will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Civil Rights Organizations Urge the Senate to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

September 15, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Civil rights organizations are urging the Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would help women workers who suffer from wage discrimination.

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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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