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Paid sick day executive order will help one million families

This week President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to allow their employees to earn and use paid sick days. Estimates suggest that between 694,000 and 1,053,000 employees of federal contractors will benefit from additional paid sick leave. A new Economic Snapshot shows that access to paid sick leave remains vastly unequal for private workers, with only 26 percent of the lowest wage workers earning paid leave as opposed to 87 percent of the highest wage workers.


EPI’s Lawrence Mishel on MSNBC

On Thursday, EPI’s Lawrence Mishel appeared on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” where he discussed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s trade policy. Mishel points out that Trump is running a “trade scam” by supporting the traditional corporate agenda of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.


Event: Notorious RBG? Meet Audacious Bessie Margolin

EPI will host a discussion with Marlene Trestman, whose book, Fair Labor Lawyer, profiles Bessie Margolin. Margolin’s extraordinary career at the US Department of Labor included winning a remarkable 93 percent of the cases she argued before the Supreme Court.  Panelists are Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith, Sally Greenberg of the National Consumers League and Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women’s Law Center. Join us on October 5 in DC.


EPI’s Daniel Costa testifies before Indiana Senate

EPI’s Daniel Costa testified before the Indiana Senate, Select Committee on Immigration Issues.  He discussed his research on the impact of immigration on workers and on wages.

Gene Demby of NPR interviewed EPI’s Valerie Wilson about her recent report on the racial wage gap, noting that discrimination is the main reason for racial disparities in wages. | "Racial Disparities In Wages Boil Down To Discrimination" »
In a New York Times story about the poverty decline in 2015, EPI’s Elise Gould explained that the benefits of the improving economy finally began to seep downward. “Wage increases were even stronger at the bottom than in the middle,” she said. | "Millions in U.S. Climb Out of Poverty, at Long Last" »
In a story about America’s top 1 percent, the New York Times cited EPI’s research on income inequality in the U.S., noting that the average income of America’s 1-percenters is $1,153,293. | "Your Local 1-Percenters May Not Be as Rich as You Think" »
In a story about the fall of the U.S. steel industry, MSNBC cited EPI research on trade, noting that the U.S. trade deficit with TPP countries cost 2 million domestic jobs in 2015. | "The Heartland: Life and Loss in Steel City" »
The Huffington Post quoted EPI’s Lawrence Mishel on Hillary Clinton’s policy proposals. “Her agenda would have to be seen as more complete, more focused on generating wage growth and jobs than I’ve seen from other candidates [since the 1980s]—and therefore I think it’s more progressive.” | "The future of American is being written in this tiny office" »
Quartz quoted Daniel Costa on the use of guest workers to fill a permanent labor shortage. “Unless they have equal standing to their American counterparts, immigrants will continue to be subject to exploitation.” | "Meet the Republicans who are totally fine with the US taking in more low-skill immigrants" »
In a story about economic disparity in Connecticut, the Atlantic cited EPI research on income inequality in the U.S., noting that the average income of the top 1 percent of people in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metropolitan area is 73 times the average of the bottom 99 percent. | "The Epicenter of Inequality" »
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