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 Fairness for workers laboring in the shadows
 
Fairness for workers laboring in the shadows
Leopolda Zumaya was working as an apple picker when he fell from a tree, breaking his leg and leaving him with permanent nerve damage and a chronic pain disorder. A treating physician said Mr. Zumaya's injuries were among the worst he'd seen, but when his boss learned Mr. Zumaya could not return t....

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 Making homeownership within reach for everyone

Making homeownership within reach for everyone
Recently, I traveled with President Obama to Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona where he highlighted the great progress the housing market has made in recent years. When the President took office six years ago, our nation was facing an historic economic crisis, so he acted quickly to stabiliz....

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Protecting workers’ right to fair wages
A recent federal appeals court ruling effectively closed a regulatory loophole that has depressed wages for foreign workers employed under the H-2B guest worker program as well as domestic workers in those industries. The decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals removes a provision that a....
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Marking a year of accomplishment in 2014
While enjoying the holiday season and planning for the New Year, we look back on a busy year of much accomplishment during 2014. The United Farm Workers renegotiated union contracts protecting thousands of berry, citrus, wine grape, vegetable, flower and almond workers—with improvement for workers....
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América’s resurgence is real By President Barack Obama
As 2014 comes to an end, we can enter the New Year with new confidence that America is making significant strides where it counts. The steps we took nearly six years ago to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation helped make 2014 the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s. Ov....
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Fair pay, wage enforcement matters for families
If you work hard and play by the rules, then you should be able to earn enough to take care of yourself and your family – that’s a core American value. But for too many people, their hard work isn’t reflected in their paychecks. In many cases, workers aren’t being fully and properly paid for all t....
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Food Chains: more than a film, it’s a movement
The documentary, Food Chains, looks at an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. T....
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It’s time to help women and working families By President Barack Obama
I had a discussion with working women in Rhode Island last week about the economic challenges they face in their own lives – challenges shared by many of you. Thanks to the work we’ve all put in, our economy has come a long way these past six years. Over the past 55 months, our businesses have a....
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Puerto Rico is ready to work
The President is focused every day on strengthening the American economy and creating good jobs. As part of his year of action, the President will do whatever he can to help put Americans back to work. Recently, the Obama Administration announced several steps to promote employment opportunities, ....
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The unequal mortgage market is no coincidence
Persistent racial and ethnic inequality in the mortgage market is not a coincidence. Nearly 50 years after the adoption of the Fair Housing Act, newly released federal data indicate that people of color continued to lose ground in the homeownership market in 2013. In particular, black and Hispanic....
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How we punish low-income people for being poor
Recently, I was part of a panel discussion on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry with New York Times reporter Michael Corkery, whose reporting on the rise in subprime auto loans is as horrifying as it is important. In what seems a reprisal of the predatory practices that led up to the subprime mortgage....
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End the $2.13/hour tipped minimum wage
While cities across the country are fighting for increases in the minimum wage, thousands of servers are stuck earning the shockingly low federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 an hour. Unlike the standard minimum wage of $7.25, the tipped minimum wage has remained unchanged for 23 years, forcing wo....
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Fighting for online equality for Latinos
It is undeniable that the Internet has become a vital tool for communication. With the Internet, many Latinos have been able to stay in touch more easily with relatives living far away, whether in the United States or in their native countries in Latin America. Many Latinos have moved up the econ....
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Why working two jobs isn’t enough
President Obama’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour would benefit 28 million hardworking Americans and I’m one of them. My name is Amanda DeShazo, I live in Tacoma, Washington and I have two jobs. Currently I work as a sales associate at a retail store mak....
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Facts that poverty-deniers don't want to hear
Three-quarters of conservative Americans say “poor people have it easy.” The degree of ignorance about poverty is stunning, even for people far removed from the realities of an average American lifestyle. Both oilman Charles Koch and Nicole Miller CEO Bud Konheim have suggested that we should comp....
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