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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

Cities and States Standing Up For Working Families with Paid Sick Days
Posted on Tuesday March 03, 2015

Over 40 million Americans do not currently have access to paid sick days. We need to take action to ensure that more people do not have to make the difficult choice between going to work and caring for a sick loved one (or themselves), and we have our work cut out for us! During the State […]

Momentum Builds Toward National Policies for Worker Justice
Posted on Friday February 20, 2015

Walmart, the largest employer in America, announced yesterday that they would raise company wide wages to a minimum of $10 an hour in 2016 for 500,000 workers. This boost can be attributed to many factors: a tightening job market, lower unemployment, higher turnover. However, Walmart’s CEO has been very outspoken about his desire to improve […]

The Moral Call to Pass the Healthy Families Act
Posted on Thursday February 12, 2015

On Thursday, Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), introduced the Healthy Families Act (S. 497/H.R. 932), a bill that would ensure seven paid sick days for all American workers. The Healthy Families Act would allow workers in businesses with at least 15 employees to earn up to seven days of job-protected paid sick leave […]

Removing the Stumbling Block of Economic Inequality
Posted on Wednesday February 04, 2015

It is essential for activists who are passionate about disability rights to understand how many of the inequalities and hardships that people in America face uniquely impact people with disabilities. Twice as many people with disabilities as those without live in poverty and nearly 1 in 3 (or 29 percent of) individuals with disabilities live […]

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.