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Labor Issues

Read the latest updates and learn more about labor issues through a Reform Jewish perspective.

Labor

Raising the federal minimum wage to keep pace with the cost of living will help more working Americans break free from the cycle of poverty. 

The RAC's Double Booked series features perspectives from diverse faith and cultural voices on working families, and how we can advocate for policies that support them. 

Domestic Workers

Domestic workers are indispensable to the American economy. America's families - including members of Reform congregations - depend on services provided by cleaning personnel, nannies, yard workers, and elder care workers. Domestic workers are common in American society. To learn more about domestic work in America, visit the social action guide. 

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Labor Issues

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Labor Issues

Paid Leave Laws Support All Working Parents, Including Dads!
Posted on Wednesday June 17, 2015

This Father’s Day, when we take some time to celebrate the fathers in our lives, be they our dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers, cousins or friends, we thank these fathers for everything they do for their families. This special time of year is also an opportunity to reflect on fatherhood today and the challenges facing working […]

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Burrito Bowls and Paid Sick Days
Posted on Thursday June 11, 2015

Earlier this week, Chipotle announced that starting on July 1, 2015, the fast casual chain will give all its workers paid sick days, paid vacation, and tuition reimbursement. This benefit will also be extended to part-time and hourly workers. The Reform Movement strongly advocates for paid sick days, and the URJ is proud to offer […]

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A Glimpse into Hunger
Posted on Monday June 08, 2015

By Karen Wallace Lipson Most of us go an entire lifetime never feeling real hunger. Rather, we learn about the catastrophic impact hunger has on the human body and spirit, and understand intellectually that the present and future are ‘bleak’ for millions who lack enough to eat. If we never suffer from hunger or food […]

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Paving the Way for a Minimum Wage Increase
Posted on Wednesday June 03, 2015

Raising the minimum wage is central to ensuring our society is one of economic justice. This is why efforts to raise the wage are being forged to on local, state and the national level. In fact, states and localities are leading the federal government in raising the wage, to amounts significantly higher than the current […]

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Labor On The Bimah

"Torah and Jewish tradition teach us that it is our obligation to pursue justice for those who are in need. Every year, in the weeks surrounding Labor Day, we read from Parshat Shoftim: " Tzedek, tzedek tirdof: Justice, justice shall you pursue."

Contact Our Legislative Policy Team

For more information on this issue, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Melanie Fineman at (202) 387-2800.