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Oregon Domestic Workers’ Bill Fails, Highlighting Importance of Workers’ Voices

Rep. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis), the bill's chief sponsor.

Part of the problem in Oregon was that the push for domestic workers’ legislation did not include enough grassroots mobilization by the state’s estimated 10,000 domestic workers who are currently excluded from overtime and other protections.

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How Can a ‘Pro-Life’ Legislator Fight to Gut SNAP?

The attack against SNAP failed, but it is perhaps the latest example of why a legislator’s claim to be "pro-life" simply cannot hold water when he also views critical programs that aid children as expendable.

The House sponsor of the recently failed Farm Bill has a deep commitment to fetuses. His commitment to children? Not so much.

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Race and the Fair Labor Standards Act: 75 Years Later, Vestiges of Racism Persist

When we hear “stress kills,” we often imagine a wealthy business executive dying of a heart attack in their early 50s because they put in too many long nights at the office. But stress also kills pregnant Black women and their babies in a more surreptitious way.

On the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, many women of color are still excluded from overtime and minimum wage protections. The law’s legislative history helps explain why.

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U.S. Culture and Policy to Dads: Your Place Is in the Office

When work culture and public policy fail to support men’s involvement in the domestic sphere, how can anyone "have it all"?

When work culture and public policy fail to support men’s involvement in the domestic sphere, how can anyone “have it all”?

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How Immigration Reform Could Help Improve Women’s Economic Security

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 1, 2009: Monica Mendoza holds her son, Esteban Mateo Mendoza Flores march to the White House to call for immigration reform.

One ignored aspect of immigration reform is that a pathway to permanent residency or citizenship for immigrant women could help improve women’s economic security in the United States in the long term.

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Workers Frustrated by Pritzker Nomination—But What Impact Will She Have?

Penny Pritzker (pictured next to President Obama above), a consistent supporter of reproductive rights organizations, is also a director and part owner of Hyatt hotels -- a company that has received Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) warnings for injuries Hyatt women workers have faced.

Commerce secretary nominee Penny Pritzker has been a consistent supporter of reproductive rights organizations, but she’s also a director and part-owner of Hyatt hotels, which has recently been the target of many workers’ rights protests.

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Third Time’s the Charm? Third California Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Passes Assembly

On Wednesday, the California domestic workers' bill of rights passed the state assembly -- but similar bills have twice been passed and vetoed. It is unclear whether Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) will again veto it.

The California domestic workers’ bill of rights passed the state assembly Wednesday—but similar bills have twice been passed and vetoed. It’s unclear whether Gov. Brown will veto it again.

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Vermont Collective Bargaining Law a Departure From National Trends

Home care workers in Vermont may soon have collective bargaining rights, as a result of union advocacy and organizing.

Home care workers in Vermont may soon have collective bargaining rights, as a result of union advocacy and organizing. “We’ve gone to thousands of doors. There’s no shop floor here.”

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Student Debt Is a Women’s Issue

According to earnings statistics, women get far less bang for their buck out of higher education. Recent proposals to reduce student debt could benefit women over the course of their lives—but they may not go far enough.

According to earnings statistics, women get far less bang for their buck out of higher education. Recent proposals to reduce student debt could benefit women over the course of their lives—but they may not go far enough.

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Improving How Domestic Workers and Their Employers Settle Disputes

The Brazilian Immigrant Center has launched a first-of-its-kind mediation program that seeks to resolve disputes between domestic workers and their employers. So far, it seems to be working.

The Brazilian Immigrant Center has launched a first-of-its-kind mediation program that seeks to resolve disputes between domestic workers and their employers. So far, it seems to be working.

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