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December 6, 2013

“No Grand Bargain" Luncheon Forum

12:00 pm
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Keep Social Security & Medicare Off the Federal Budget Chopping Block!

What is happening to our great nation? The middle class is vanishing, and income inequality is the worst in our nation’s history. Many people work their whole lives but have too little or no retirement savings. Proposals in Washington call for short and long term benefit reductions to both Social Security and Medicare. The 14th Congressional District could lose over $4 million in benefits for seniors in 2015 alone! Enacting the proposed changes will hurt older people, local economies, women, and the disabled in greater proportion. Join us to hear from experts who will dispute the myths, and join with advocates who are fighting back against balancing the federal deficit on the backs of those most in need of these cherished federal programs.

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For more information about this event, please call 412-621-3006 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Guest Speakers
Senator Jim Ferlo — Chairman
Leo Gerard — President, United Steelworkers of America
Prof. Wayne Burton — President, PA Alliance for Retired Americans
Nicole Woo — Center for Economic and Policy Research
Andrew Coates MD, FACP — President, Physicians for A National Health Program
Ed Grystar — Western PA Coalition for Single Payer Health Care

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Seniors Task Force Staff Briefing: The Economic Impacts of the Chained CPI

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Rayburn House Office Bldg (2456)
45 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515

CEPR's Dean Baker will speak at a Congressional briefing on an important new study, “The Chained CPI: Shackling America’s Economic Recovery.”  Along with Max Richtman and Web Phillips of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, they will discuss their findings and provide data on the economic output and job loss impacts that could occur if the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) were to be enacted.

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November 25, 2013

Getting Back to Full Employment Book Signing at Busboys and Poets

6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
Busboys and Poets
5th and K
1025 5th Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

While the media and politicians hype debt crises, the real American economic crisis is continuing, devastating, high unemployment. In addition to the millions who are unemployed, 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. In Getting Back to Full Employment, Jared Bernstein, formerly the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, and Dean Baker, one of the first economists to recognize and warn of the risks of the stock and housing bubbles, focus readers' attention where it should be: getting more Americans jobs.  They show how the economic well-being of a large swath of American workers depends on the unemployment rate.  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. Dean and Jared will be at Busboys and Poets to discuss and sign copies of the book. Find more information about the event here.


November 21, 2013

The Full Employment Generation: A Congressional Briefing Featuring Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20003

Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Frederica Wilson are sponsoring this briefing on the future of the full employment agenda in America.  It will feature CEPR's Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. They will talk about kindling a new movement built on a simple vision: Every American who wants to work should have the right to either employment or training. This session will address simple and proven proposals to make this vision a reality. Building a full employment society is a prerequisite for building a happier, healthier, and more productive nation.

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November 19, 2013

Employer-Sponsored Benefits Study Task Force

9:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Florida Public Service Commission
Betty Easley Conference Center, Room 148
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Workforce Florida Inc. is the statewide workforce investment board of business and government leaders charged with overseeing Florida's workforce system, which includes the Department of Economic Opportunity, 24 Regional Workforce Boards and nearly 100 One-Stop Career Centers. Workforce Florida’s mission is to develop strategies that help Floridians enter, remain and advance in the workforce to support economic development and strengthen the state's business climate. Find more information about the event here.


November 15, 2013

75 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act 

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cesar Chavez Auditorium
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20210

This year marks two important anniversaries for American workers: the centennial of the U.S. Department of Labor and the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Researchers, policy experts, advocates and workers will discuss the past, present and future of the FLSA, the American economy and worker protections at an all-day event hosted by the Department of Labor. Topics explored will include what it means to have a good job that provides economic security, the changing nature of the employer-worker relationship, and trends in paid leave policy.

CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt and Research Associate Janelle Jones will be speaking on "The Importance of the Combination of the FLSA Package, Tax Credits, and Related Policies" as part of a panel on Income Security and the Fair Labor Standards Act from 10:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

At 2:10 p.m., CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum will discuss "The Importance of Mother’s Employment to Family Living Standards and a Strong Middle Class" in a session on Paid Leave.

For more information, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Register for the event here.


November 9, 2013

Roundtable: Twenty Years Post-Family Medical Leave Act: What Have We Learned and What's Next?

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Washington Ballroom (Westin Georgetown)
2350 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

How has the use of insurance as the distribution method of choice in government assistance programs changed? What are the implications of these shifts? How successful are these programs and what implications do they have for creating a viable safety net for eligible populations?

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Heather Boushey, Center for American Progress
Moderators:  Heather Boushey, Center for American Progress
Speakers:  Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University), Demetra Smith Nightingale (US Department of Labor), Christopher Ruhm (University of Virginia), and Eileen Appelbaum (Center for Economic and Policy Research)


October 30, 2013

U.S. Retirement Income Crisis

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902
Washington, DC

Americans who will retire in the coming decades face a confluence of factors that threaten their income security. Disappearing employer pensions, a 401(k) and IRA system that fails to provide meaningful retirement income to most Americans, stagnating wages, rising health and long-term care costs, and the continued phasing-in of cuts to Social Security. Strengthen Social Security is hosting a conference, "Social Security's Role in Solving the Retirement Income Crisis," to discuss this crisis and the importance of Social Security as part of any policy response. CEPR Co-director Dean Baker will be on the first panel of the day discussing the "U.S. Retirement Income Crisis." For more information and to RSVP, visit the conference website or watch the webcast here.


October 29, 2013

The Upcoming Elections in Honduras and El Salvador: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of the U.S.

10:00 a.m.
Cannon House Office Building
Room 421
C Street Southeast
Washington, D.C., 20003

Over the next few months, two high-stakes elections will take place in Central America. On November 24, Honduras will hold its first presidential and congressional elections since the controversial 2009 vote organized under a de facto government.  In early February next year, the people of El Salvador will head to the polls for the first Presidential elections since the historic victory of the leftist party FMLN party in 2009. A panel of human rights defenders and country experts will share their analysis of what is at stake in these elections, what issues require attention both during the campaign and on election day, and how the U.S. government – long-involved in the internal politics of both nations – can play a constructive role in ensuring that these elections contribute to strengthening democracy, rather than undermining it.


October 24-26, 2013

The Jobs Crisis: Causes, Cures, Constraints

Best Western Hotel Steglitz International
Albrechtstr. 2
12165 Berlin

More than five years after the beginning of the financial crisis in the United States, the world economy is still highly fragile. In particular, many countries are facing a severe jobs crisis. This is especially true for the euro area, which fell back into recession in 2012 and where unemployment has reached unprecedented levels. The conference, “The Jobs Crisis: Causes, Cures, Constraints,” will look at where new and decent jobs are to come from? CEPR Co-director Dean Baker will take part in a plenary session on macroeconomic policies, labor market institutions and good jobs. For more information, visit the conference website.

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