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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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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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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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