Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Feminist Majority supports the American Jobs Act, which would prevent up to 280,000 teacher layoffs, reduce employee taxes, create infrastructure jobs repairing and rebuilding roads, railways, bridges, and schools, revamp the unemployment insurance system, and much more. It would create more jobs and put more money in workers’ pockets without increasing the deficit. See the White House fact sheet for more information. Feminist Majority was instrumental in changes to the stimulus bill that saved hundreds of thousands of women’s jobs, particularly teachers, social workers, and other public employees, and we continue to advocate for the right to collective bargaining and against the attacks on public workers. Feminist Majority supports raising the federal minimum wage for all workers, and indexing the minimum wage so that it will increase with the cost of living. In increase in the minimum for tipped workers is also urgently needed, and Feminist Majority supports raising it to 70 percent of the indexed minimum wage. Restaurant servers, who are 71% female, comprise the largest group of all tipped workers and experience almost 3 times the poverty rate of the workforce as a whole. [The restaurant industry is one of the only sectors in which predominantly male positions have a different minimum wage than predominantly female positions: non-tipped workers (52% male) have a federal minimum wage of $7.25, while tipped workers (66% female) have a federal subminimum wage of $2.13.] Feminist Majority supported legislation to extended emergency unemployment compensation to maintain vital federal unemployment benefits for workers who had been unemployed for more than six months. Feminist Majority supports passage of the Pathways Back to Work Act (S. 1861 and HR 3425) that would provide funding for subsidized employment programs patterned on the successful Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency Fund that created 260,000 work opportunities for low-income parents and youth in 2009 and 2010. Feminist Majority urges Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, which funds vocational education programs and includes gender equity provisions that are important to women and girls in today’s economy.