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Minimum Wage Bill Blocked in Senate

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Senate today voted (54-42) to block consideration of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S.2223), denying higher wages for millions of Americans, including a disproportionate number of African Americans, Latinos, women, and LGBT workers. The bill needed 60 votes in order to advance to a vote on the Senate floor. The vote was also contrary … Read More

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Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay, Senate to Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act

Monday, April 7, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday will sign two executive orders on equal pay, one that bans retaliation against employees of federal contractors for discussing their wages, and one that instructs the Department of Labor to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit data on employee compensation. The executive action coincides with Equal Pay Day, which … Read More

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Employment Legislation Seeks to Restore Critical Workplace Protections

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D. Wis., and Tom Harkin, D. Iowa., and Reps. George Miller, D. Calif., and Rosa DeLauro, D. Conn., introduced legislation in March – the Fair Employment Protection Act (S. 2133/H.R. 4227) – in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball State University,which narrowed protections for employees … Read More

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A Call to Update Critical Workforce Regulations

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced in 2009 that it would review and revise two sets of regulations and goals for women and minorities in apprenticeships and on federal construction projections. On March 28, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Task Force on Tradeswomen’s Issues, the Building and Construction Trades Department, … Read More

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Minimum Wage Increase Will Help Working Families Succeed

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing yesterday titled “From Poverty to Opportunity: How a Fair Minimum Wage Will Help Working Families Succeed,” highlighting the impact a raise in the minimum wage would have on America’s working families. “When working families must rely on food stamps and food banks to … Read More

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