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2,200 Foreign Service Workers Call for Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

Monday, February 2, 2009

Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) recently sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a letter signed by nearly 2,200 current and former employees of the Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies, calling for equal benefits for the partners and families of GLBT employees.The signatories, 92 percent of whom were single or … Read More

Categories: LGBTQ Rights, News

Senate Reauthorizes State Children’s Health Insurance Program; Covers Legal Immigrant Children

Friday, January 30, 2009

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate reauthorized the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), expanding coverage to include an additional four million uninsured children. SCHIP provides health insurance for low-income children from families who are not covered by private insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid. It currently helps states provide over seven million children with health … Read More

Categories: Health Care, News

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act becomes Law

Thursday, January 29, 2009

President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law this morning, making it easier for employees to challenge pay discrimination in court.The law reverses a damaging Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that restricted an employee’s ability to file claims to 180 days from the date that the … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, News

DTV Assistance Centers Open in Last of Seven Targeted Cities

Thursday, January 29, 2009

In an effort to ease the transition to digital television on February 17, LCCREF has teamed up with local organizations to open DTV assistance centers in seven cities. Assistance centers recently opened in Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Portland, San Antonio, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay area. The centers will provide information about the transition and … Read More

Categories: DTV, News

House Passes Stimulus Package to Aid Distressed Americans

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tonight, by a vote of 244-188, the House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (PDF), a bill that lawmakers hope will help stimulate the struggling economy.  LCCR urged support for the bill in a January 27 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, noting that leading economists agree that a combination of spending initiatives and tax … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, News