This Father’s Day, when we take some time to celebrate the fathers in our lives, be they our dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers, cousins or friends, we thank these fathers for everything they do for their families. This special time of year is also an opportunity to reflect on fatherhood today and the challenges facing working parents.
Earlier this week, Chipotle announced that starting on July 1, 2015, the fast casual chain will give all its workers paid sick days, paid vacation, and tuition reimbursement. This benefit will also be extended to part-time and hourly workers. The Reform Movement strongly advocates for paid sick days, and the URJ is proud to offer paid sick days to its employees.
By Karen Wallace Lipson
Most of us go an entire lifetime never feeling real hunger. Rather, we learn about the catastrophic impact hunger has on the human body and spirit, and understand intellectually that the present and future are ‘bleak’ for millions who lack enough to eat.
If we never suffer from hunger or food insecurity, there is no way for us to know entirely how it feels. To experience desperation, one must lack any safety net or escape route, a scenario that cannot be artificially created. Having, but choosing not to use available resources, is totally different from lacking any at all. Read more…
Raising the minimum wage is central to ensuring our society is one of economic justice. This is why efforts to raise the wage are being forged to on local, state and the national level.
In fact, states and localities are leading the federal government in raising the wage, to amounts significantly higher than the current federal level of $7.25/hour. Although there have been some setbacks, these successful campaigns to raise the wage are creating the momentum we need to give hardworking citizens across the country a higher baseline wage.
On Tuesday, the country’s second largest city, Los Angeles, voted to raise its minimum wage from its current wage of $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020. This raise will impact over 40% of the city’s workforce, which is currently earning less than $15 an hour. This increase passed with a vote of 14-1 in the City Council and exemplifies the momentum that is being felt around the country along with local efforts to raise the minimum wage. Seattle, Chicago, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, San Diego, San Francisco and Oakland have all had recent minimum wage increases. In addition, there are proposals on the docket in Louisville, Washington, D.C., New York City, Kansas City, Missouri, and Portland, Maine.
On Sunday, we celebrated the incredible mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters in our lives. . While Mother’s Day is an important moment to show our mothers how much we love and appreciate them, we also know that there are so other ways to do so year round.
We know that we can advocate for a society with equal pay for equal work, where we not only provide domestic violence victims with the best access to care and services, but we work to end violence against women, that gives all workers paid sick days, and where workers are paid a fair wage. Read more…
This week, the Raise the Wage Act was introduced in Congress to raise the minimum wage to $12.00 an hour by the year 2020. On the occasion of the bill’s introduction, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
On April 26-28, hundreds of Reform Jews will gather in Washington, D.C. for the RAC’s Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Movement’s flagship social justice event. This year’s Consultation will feature Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, among many other luminaries. Tune in to the live stream of Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner’s installation as Director of the RAC at 10:15 a.m on Monday morning to hear Gov. Patrick’s remarks.