Posts Tagged Economic Justice

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Fast food employees, domestic workers, adjunct profs & more ‘fight for $15′

The battle for a wage increase to $15 for America’s low-wage workers has built some impressive momentum over the last few years. Since the first strike by NYC fast food workers in 2012, the movement has spread to other cities across the country and expanded to include other workers. 

The battle for a wage increase to $15 for America’s low-wage workers has built some impressive momentum over the last few years. Since the first strike by NYC fast food workers in 2012, the ...

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The Feministing Five: Heather McGhee

For this week’s Feministing Five, we spoke with Heather McGhee, president of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in democracy and an equal chance in the economy.

For this week’s Feministing Five, we spoke with Heather McGhee, president of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in democracy and an equal chance in the ...

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Schools must address the financial costs of sexual violence

Sexual violence costs. And under civil rights law, colleges and universities are obligated to address it.

Title IX — the 1972 law that mandates schools remove gender-based barriers to education — requires colleges and universities to address the financial barriers to educational access that violence creates.

Sexual violence costs. And under civil rights law, colleges and universities are obligated to address it.

Title IX — the 1972 law that mandates schools remove gender-based barriers to education — requires colleges ...

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The cost of getting an abortion is higher if you’re poor

When trying to get an abortion, as in so many things, it’s very expensive to be poor. Using the example of two archetypal women in Wisconsin — one low-income and one middle-income — ThinkProgress calculated the true cost of accessing the procedure. 

When trying to get an abortion, as in so many things, it’s very expensive to be poor. Using the example of two archetypal women in Wisconsin — one low-income and one middle-income — ThinkProgress calculated the true ...

House of Representatives hears bill that would codify the Hyde Amendment

Oh House of Representatives, when are you ever up to any good? This morning, there was a hearing for HR7, a bill that would prohibit federal insurance coverage of abortion.

Now you may know, as it stands today, federal funds are already not allowed to be used to pay for abortion services. So what’s the difference? Turns out it’s a pretty big one.

Oh House of Representatives, when are you ever up to any good? This morning, there was a hearing for HR7, a bill that would prohibit federal insurance coverage of abortion.

Now you may know, as it stands ...

Obama administration extends labor protections to home care workers

Some good, if long overdue, news for the nation’s home care workers. Via The New York Times:

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was extending minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s nearly two million home care workers.

Advocates for low-wage workers have pushed for this change, asserting that home care workers, who care for elderly and disabled Americans, were wrongly classified into the same “companionship services” category as baby sitters — a group that is exempt from minimum wage and overtime coverage. Under the new rule, home care aides, unlike baby sitters, would be covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the nation’s main wage and hour law.

Like so ...

Some good, if long overdue, news for the nation’s home care workers. Via The New York Times:

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was extending minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s ...

What if the price of your fair trade coffee accounted for the unpaid domestic labor of women?

That’s what some Nicaraguan fair trade co-operatives are now calculating. Upside Down World describes how this development began with a sesame oil contract with The Body Shop and has now caught on among green coffee co-ops in the country as well.

There are three types of unpaid work mainly done by women: work which is part of actual production although unpaid (like sorting coffee cherries); work which contributes indirectly to production (like washing work clothes); and domestic and other work in the home which contributes generally to the stability of the household and the community.

The innovation of this initiative lies in the fact that it includes pay not only for the first and second of ...

That’s what some Nicaraguan fair trade co-operatives are now calculating. Upside Down World describes how this development began with a sesame oil contract with The Body Shop and has now caught ...

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