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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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Congress Fails to Extend Jobless Benefits before Cutoff

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.

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Unanimous Supreme Court Allows Firefighter Racial Discrimination Suit to Proceed

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.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Extend Jobless Benefits through End of Year

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.

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More Than 300 Organizations Sign Letter to Congress in Support of the 'Local Jobs for America Act'

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."

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Leadership Conference Statement on Montcoal Mine Explosion

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.

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WPA Anniversary Demonstrates How a National Jobs Programs Could Help Now

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.

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Report Documents Long-Term Unemployment in African-American Communities

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.

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Senate Passes FAA Bill without FedEx Labor Fix

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.

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President Obama Signs Jobs Bill; Groups Call for More Comprehensive Legislation

March 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today, President Obama signed a jobs bill into law.

Many experts believe the $18 billion bill, which includes tax breaks for small businesses, will have limited effect on the nation's unemployment and underemployment rates, but nonetheless think it's an important first step toward more federal action to address the jobs crisis.

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Senate Inaction Causes 200,000 to Lose Unemployment Benefits This Week

March 2, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

UPDATE 3/3: Late last night, the Senate passed 78-19 a 30-day extension of unemployment insurance and COBRA.

Two hundred thousand jobless workers will lose their unemployment benefits this week as a result of the Senate's failure to extend unemployment insurance and COBRA last week, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

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