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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

Solidarity Forever Singalong
Posted on Monday August 03, 2015

I have always loved musicals. When I was younger, I remember watching the musical Newsies, a movie about a group of young newspaper workers calling for fair treatment in response to new restrictions by newspaper giant Joseph Pulitzer that make it harder for them to earn money. I would belt out “Pulitzer may own the […]

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Wage Discrimination Continues to Cast a Shadow
Posted on Monday July 27, 2015

Even in 2015, equal pay for equal work for women is not a reality in the United States and it’s no different for female professional soccer players. The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) only pays its players between $6,000 and $30,000 per year, while Major League Soccer (MLS) players earn a minimum salary of $50,000 […]

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Learning from the Past to Create a More Economically Just Future
Posted on Thursday July 23, 2015

In this week’s Torah portion, Devarim (and the beginning of the book of Deuteronomy), Moses begins his recounting of the Israelites’ forty-year-long journey in the wilderness from Egypt to the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 1:1-21). Moses’ reflection on the past as the Israelites’ time of wandering comes starts to end offers a timely lesson for us […]

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Healthy Families, Healthy Nation
Posted on Monday July 06, 2015

This Fourth of July weekend, we gathered together to celebrate our nation’s birthday and the values for which it stands. It is clear from their writings and the way they shaped our founding documents that the Framers and revolutionaries were concerned with the most basic articulation of justice and equality (as much as the prejudices […]

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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.