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 ‘Flexible economy’ lacks flexibility

‘Flexible economy’ lacks flexibility
These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right then. Although she’s already found someone to pick up her kid from school and arranged for childcare, the work is no longer available and she won’t be paid for it. ....

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 Another step toward equality for LGBT workers

Another step toward equality for LGBT workers
Recently, President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination went into effect. It prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Because of this Executive Order, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peo....

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 Defending the rights of workers in Honduras

Defending the rights of workers in Honduras
“It’s not about what we can do for the region; it’s about what we can do together.” Vice President Joe Biden spoke these words last November, at a conference to address the emigration crisis among the poorest three countries in Central America. I was reminded of these words in Honduras, where I t....

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Protecting working Americans’ paychecks President Barack Obama
Five years ago, after the worst financial crisis in decades, we passed historic Wall Street reform to end the era of bailouts and too big to fail. As part that reform, we created an independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with one mission: to protect American consumers from some of the....
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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
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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