November 14, 2013

  • CHN: Fair Minimum Wage Act: Growing Support to Raise the Minimum Wage

    Millions of American workers work hard everyday for wages so low they cannot afford to take care of their families. One of the most disturbing trends of the slow post-recession recovery is the shift in the U. S. economy towards lower-paying jobs. Lagging behind the cost of living for the last decade, the federal minimum wage pays $7.25 per hour or $15,080 per year for a full-time worker. Even more antiquated is the twenty-year-old federal wage for tipped workers, whose base hourly pay before tips is only $2.13. Read More »

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  • CHN: Federal Unemployment Insurance Set to Expire: Congress Must Act

    Unless Congress acts to extend the federal unemployment insurance (UI) program it will expire on December 29, abruptly cutting off 1.3 million people between Christmas and New Year’s. Another 1.9 million would lose access to benefits in the first six months of 2014 when their regular state UI benefits run out. The consequences for struggling workers and their families would be devastating. (See House Ways and Means Democratic Report with state-by-state estimates of the number who would lose benefits.) Read More »

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  • CHN: The Senate Passes Anti-Discrimination Bill

    On November 7, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) of 2013 (S. 815) by a vote of 64-32. All Democrats present were joined by 10 Republicans in support of the legislation. ENDA bans employers from firing, refusing to hire or discriminating against workers or job applicants based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The vote was hailed by some supporters who likened it to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) gave his first floor speech since having a stroke almost two years ago in support of the bill. Read More »

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