It’s Time to (Finally) Pass ENDA

As the newly popular saying goes, “in today’s economy” it’s hard to both find and keep a job – so imagine how much harder that endeavor becomes when threats of discrimination plague you from employer to employer.

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Protecting Unemployment Benefits

by Hannah Gordon, Feminist Majority Foundation It is critical that Congress acts before the end of this calendar year to renew federal UI. The loss of this lifeline will hurt over 6 million people and their families who stand to lose their benefits during 2012. If Congress fails to extend the benefits, women will suffer…. [Continue Reading]

Women, Black Workers Hard Hit by Attacks on Public Employees

by Tula Connell, AFL-CIO improved jobs figures out last Friday obscured the ongoing decline in public-sector jobs. As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted when releasing the March unemployment data: Employment in local government continued to trend down over the month. Local government has lost 416,000 jobs since an employment peak in September 2008…. [Continue Reading]

Unemployment Insurance is the LEAST We Can Offer Working Families

by Elisanta “Lisa” Batista A year ago, my husband who was our family’s main breadwinner lost his job at a manufacturing plant. This is an industry that has been hammered in the present economy. Thanks to the extension of unemployment insurance a year ago, my husband was able to continue to pay the bills for… [Continue Reading]

Congress Should Act Now to Extend Unemployment Insurance

by Beth Scott, American Association of University Women federal unemployment insurance (UI). AAUW urges Congress to extend UI. We are committedto promoting the reduction of poverty, and UI plays a key role in reducing poverty and helping our economy recover. UI provides basic benefits to Americans who have lost their jobs and are retraining or… [Continue Reading]