Title: Quality Jobs in a New Economy: Paid Sick Leave and Communities of Color
Publication Date: 12/06/10
Forty years ago, low-wage workers could depend on unions to help ensure that they received benefits and wages that are essential to a quality job. In the mid-1950s, 35 percent of all employees on private payrolls were union members; today only 7.2 percent of private sector workers belong to a union. The marked decline in union membership over time has meant that many workers are left to negotiate benefits and fair wages on their own. Today, there are 30 million workers employed in low-wage jobs with minimal benefits, earning less than $9.00 per hour. And only about a third of workers in the lowest wage percentile receive paid sick leave. Join leading experts from across the country as they discuss the need for paid sick leave for low-income communities and communities of color. The round table will also address the impact of work support measures on the economic security of low-wage workers and communities of color and propose policy recommendations and strategies for ensuring access to quality jobs. Speakers: Heather Boushey, PhD, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress Brandy Davis, Policy Coordinator, California Labor Project for Working Families Kevin Miller, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Women’s Policy Research Nancy Rankin, Senior Fellow, A Better Balance Portia Wu, Vice President, National Partnership for Women and Families
Author: NYU Wagner Office of Special Events
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