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Economic Justice

Emergency Unemployment Compensation of ARRA

NETWORK believes that emergency unemployment coverage should be extended through the end of 2010. Read more

Unemployment Insurance

With an extremely volatile economy and massive job loss as a result of the recession, unemployment insurance (UI) has become vital to families across the country. Millions of workers have lost their jobs and turned to unemployment insurance to help take care of their families.

Poverty Rates

NETWORK strongly supports legislation designed to help people lift themselves out of poverty and live lives of dignity. This includes lobbying for “safety-net” programs such as nutrition assistance

Green Jobs

NETWORK strongly supports individual, corporate and government actions that help support (or renew) healthy ecosystems.  In this critical time of energy resource management and of severe unemployment and underemployment, NETWORK urges a greater emphasis on “green” jobs in energy production and construction.

Alternative energy sources such as geothermal, wind and solar are becoming more accessible. The U.S.-based production of equipment and supplies for green energy will create needed jobs while helping the environment.

Wage Theft

NETWORK believes that all workers deserve the wages they’ve earned, and although wage theft occurs in almost every sector of the workforce, it often goes unnoticed and unrecognized. Wage theft is the illegal underpayment or non-payment of workers wages. The most common forms of wage theft are not paying minimum wage, not paying overtime, requiring workers to work off the clock, refusing to pay workers’ final paychecks, misclassifying employees as independent contracts to avoid paying minimum wage and overtime, not paying for breaks as required by state laws, and stealing tips.

Paid Sick Leave

NETWORK believes in policies that promote a healthy work environment and allow workers to balance the responsibility of work and families. Despite the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) passed in 1993 and amended in 2008, family and personal sick leave remain nonexistent to many working Americans. Because the majority of primary care givers are still women, this problem disproportionately affects them, 47% of whom have no paid sick days (Institute for Women’s Policy Research).

Estate Tax

NETWORK supports a fair federal estate tax. The estate tax has been an important source of federal revenue for almost a century—until January 2010.  In 2001, President Bush and Congress created a schedule in which the estate tax would be gradually reduced until 2010, when it would disappear. However, without a legislative change it is to return to 2001 levels in 2011.

Housing Choice Vouchers

Today, federal rental assistance enables five million low-income households to afford modest homes. Three major programs, the largest of which is Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), assist about 90% of these households. HCV requires that a share of new households admitted into the program include "extremely low-income," (although recent budgets have either cut or eliminated most programs assisting this group of people), meaning that their income may not exceed 30% of the local median.

Federal Budget Priorities

NETWORK calls on Congress to pass a Faithful Budget that is accountable to the 100%. That budget must include reasonable revenue to support responsible programs that comprise the social safety net, such as WIC, SNAP, Medicaid. NETWORK focuses on elements of the federal budget that move our nation and world toward economic justice. We analyze the elements to determine how they affect people at the margins and those with the least economic power.

Housing Voucher Bill Needs Cosponsors

Section 8, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, would reform the Section 8 rental voucher program in three important  ways. Read more

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