Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research Kevin Hassett, John G. Searle Senior Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
Must Social Security and Medicare be cut to protect the programs and America’s fiscal balance sheets? Or, can the backbone of security for seniors be protected by raising revenue and making other reforms? Time to put aside talking points and spin in favor of honest discussion. Dean Baker and Kevin Hassett are two of the country’s most thoughtful progressive and conservative commentators on entitlement reform. They are also longtime friends, bringing an uncommon civility to the momentous options and weighty decisions facing Congress and President Obama.
*Light refreshments immediately following the event.
Sponsored by Representative John Conyers, Jr. and Representative Frederica S. Wilson, the discussion will be in the context that over the past year, 25 percent of the American population was unemployed or underemployed and not earning enough to support their basic needs. CEPR's Dean Baker will be one of the panelists considering whether or not the right to employment should be seen as the critical foundation of economic democracy and the government has a special obligation to provide employment opportunities for all. The panel will be moderated by Christina Bellatoni of Roll Call, and other participants include Larry Mishel of EPI, Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO, John Cavanagh of the Institute for Policy Studies, and Phil Harvey of Rutgers University.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
A Congressional briefing hosted by The Center for Economic and Policy Research and CUNY's Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies
In their new book, Unfinished Business, CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and CUNY's Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. Currently just 12 percent of U.S workers have paid family leave through their employers.
At this briefing, Appelbaum and Milkman will discuss in detail the effects of California's landmark paid family leave law on employers and workers. They will also explore the implications of the state's decade-long experience with paid family leave for the nation, which is engaged in ongoing debate about work-family policies.
In addition, the National Partnership for Women and Family's Rachel Lyons will outline the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, a proposal from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for a national paid family and medical leave insurance program to benefit workers, their families, businesses and our economy.
Dean will be discussing his book, Getting Back to Full Employment, in which he and his co-authorJared Bernstein point out that the weakness of the labor market has made it impossible for most workers to achieve real wage gains. As a result the benefits of the economic growth we have seen have gone overwhelmingly to the richest 1 percent. They show how, particularly in an era of historically high inequality, full employment would provide workers with the bargaining power needed to secure higher incomes and a fair share of the economy's growth.
Friday, January 10, 2014
A National Conference: Averting Layoffs & Saving Jobs Through Work-Sharing
CEPR's Dean Baker, along with AEI's Kevin Hassett, will be the lunchtime speakers at a national conference on "Averting Layoffs & Saving Jobs Through Work-Sharing." Convened by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), along with the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP) and other allies, this day-long work-sharing conference will bring together worker advocates, business, economists and government to consider work-sharing and its potential to reduce unemployment in the future.
CEPR's Dean Baker will be testifying at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy of the Senate Committee on Finance. The topic to be addressed is "The Role of Social Security, Defined Benefits, and Private Retirement Accounts in the Face of the Retirement Crisis."
CEPR's Dean Baker will be a panelist at this Congressional symposium presented by Representative John Conyers, Jr. on International Human Rights Day. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed on December 10, 1948, includes Article 23, the Right to Employment.
Along with John Cavanagh of the Institute for Policy Studies, Phil Harvey of Rutgers University, Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO and Larry Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute, Dean will discuss the current employment situation, the right to employment, and the government's role in providing job opportunities for all.
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Monday, December 9, 2:30pm – 5:00pm Tuesday, December 10, 8:30am – 4:30pm
The Women’s Bureau will host a commemorative event for the 50th Anniversary ofAmerican Women: Report of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, 1963. The commemoration will provide a platform for the Department of Labor to engage in a dialogue with the leading experts, researchers, and advocates to identify initiatives, reforms and research gaps that would assist in efforts to address barriers to women’s full economic equality and workforce participation.
Worker Voice and Women’s Economic Advancement Tuesday's disscussion will include CEPR's Nicole Woo. she will speak on a panel addressing worker empowerment and collective bargaining in the workplace.