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Labor Issues

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


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

Capital of Economic Inequality?
Posted on Thursday August 13, 2015

Last July, I packed up all of my bags, loaded up the trunk of my dad’s car, and made the trek from New England to move to Washington D.C. and begin my post-collegiate professional life. While I’ve been enjoying the past year in the Nation’s Capital, amidst learning WMATA and running routes, dashing between meetings, […]

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We March in the Footsteps of the Great Figures of Our Tradition
Posted on Monday August 10, 2015

Our Jewish tradition is full of journeys, from the very beginning of our sacred texts. Adam and Eve’s exile from the Garden of Eden; Noah’s Ark and his aquatic sojourn – while these are not explicit commandments from God, they are journeys for these Biblical figures. Later, in parashat Lech Lecha (literally, “go” or “leave”), […]

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The Perils of Payday Loans
Posted on Wednesday August 05, 2015

There are too many Americans struggling to make it paycheck to paycheck because of insufficient wages, and this struggle is further exacerbated by numerous other issues, including payday lending. A payday loan is a small loan that is framed as being an easy way to help borrowers and to hold them over until they receive […]

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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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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.