White House Summit On Working Families

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White House Working Families Summit
June 23, 2014
Omni Hotel, Washington DC

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It’s time for a 21st-century workplace that works for all Americans.

The modern family looks different than it ever has before. In 63 percent of families with children, all parents work. 32 percent of families with children are single-parent families. And yet, most moms and dads don’t have access to paid leave or flexible workplaces. On average, women are still earning 77 cents to every dollar a man doing the same work earns.

It’s time for workplace policies that give all workers the best chance to succeed at work and at home.

Join us for a conversation on working families for a 21st Century workplace at the Working Families Summit on June 23rd. Visit WorkingFamiliesSummit.org to learn more.

THE ISSUES

There are concrete steps we can take to give all workers the best chance to succeed at work and at home. These strategies must include making full use of the entire talent pool of workers so that our workplaces are fair, effective, and productive for employers and employees alike. In particular, tackling barriers to women’s success in the workplace is critical to achieving economic security for working families.

Women increasingly play a central role as the main or co-breadwinners in their families. Their gains – or losses – can be the difference between whether their family thrives or falls apart. Because of the pivotal role women play in the overall well-being of working families, policies that promote women’s economic security are essential to protecting working families’ economic stability.

PATHWAYS TO QUALITY EMPLOYMENT

One critical strategy to strengthen the economic well-being of working families is getting all workers into good jobs. This includes improving opportunities for women, who often have been shut out of higher-paying jobs or work in low-wage jobs that are chronically undervalued and have limited mobility.

  • Equal Pay
  • Raising Minimum Wage
  • Improving Job Quality
  • Access to STEM Jobs

KEEPING WORKERS IN GOOD JOBS

  • Paid Leave
  • Workplace Flexibility
  • Child Care and Preschool

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO SUCCEED AND ADVANCE IN THE WORKPLACE

  • Expanding Women’s Leadership Opportunities
  • Changing the Culture of the Workplace
  • Combating Workplace Discrimination
  • Creating Career Pathways in Low-Wage Jobs

For more: http://workingfamiliessummit.org/issues/

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The White House, CAP, and the U.S. Department of Labor to Hold White House Summit on Working Families June 

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress announced that it will partner with the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor to convene the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014. The summit will focus on elevating the ongoing national conversation about making today’s workplaces work for everyone and ensuring that women have a fair shot to help their families succeed.

“We know that when women succeed in the workplace, our families and our overall economy thrive,” said CAP President Neera Tanden. “We are excited that CAP will join the White House and U.S. Department of Labor in co-sponsoring this important summit because we know that helping to ensure that parents can balance their responsibilities at home and at work will be critical for companies’ bottom lines and the country’s economic growth.”

The Center for American Progress has developed innovative policy ideas—from paid leave to universal pre-kindergarten—that address the realities faced by working parents who are struggling to balance the demands of their jobs with the needs of their families.

For more: http://www.americanprogress.org/press/release/2014/03/12/85689/release-the-white-house-cap-and-the-u-s-department-of-labor-to-hold-white-house-summit-on-working-families-june-23/

Learn more: http://workingfamiliessummit.org

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Presidential Memorandum — Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Program

 

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19 Responses to White House Summit On Working Families

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:15 AM
    Vice President Bidenand Dr. Biden deliver remarks to the White House Working Families Summit
    Omni Hotel, Washington DC

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

    1:00 PM
    1:40 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families
    Omni Hotel, Washington DC

    2:00 PM
    2:10 PM
    President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion at the White House Summit on Working Families
    The Omni Shoreham Hotel

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Working Families
    Omni Hotel, Washington DC

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
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    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. CR says:

    White House Summit On Working Families

    The White House, CAP, and the U.S. Department of Labor to Hold White House Summit on Working Families June

    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress announced that it will partner with the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor to convene the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014. The summit will focus on elevating the ongoing national conversation about making today’s workplaces work for everyone and ensuring that women have a fair shot to help their families succeed.

    “We know that when women succeed in the workplace, our families and our overall economy thrive,” said CAP President Neera Tanden. “We are excited that CAP will join the White House and U.S. Department of Labor in co-sponsoring this important summit because we know that helping to ensure that parents can balance their responsibilities at home and at work will be critical for companies’ bottom lines and the country’s economic growth.”

    The Center for American Progress has developed innovative policy ideas—from paid leave to universal pre-kindergarten—that address the realities faced by working parents who are struggling to balance the demands of their jobs with the needs of their families.

    For more: http://www.americanprogress.org/press/release/2014/03/12/85689/release-the-white-house-cap-and-the-u-s-department-of-labor-to-hold-white-house-summit-on-working-families-june-23/

    • CR says:

      Working Families Summit: A Fatherhood Lead-Up Event

      Published on Jun 9, 2014

      Administration officials welcome working dads, advocates,
      researchers, businesses, and even a Major League Baseball player to the White House to look at the new challenges dads face balancing career and family, and how extensive workplace flexibility and paid parental leave is a in-win for both businesses and their employees. June 9, 2014.

    • CR says:

      President Obama Joins a Roundtable Discussion at the Working Families Summit

      Jun 23, 2014

    • CR says:

      June 23, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama at the White House Summit on Working Families

      Omni Shoreham Hotel
      Washington, D.C.

      1:51 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: This crowd looks fired up. (Applause.) Already, everybody have a seat. Have a seat. You look like you’ve been busy.

      AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Yes!

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We’re just waiting on you.

      THE PRESIDENT: I know that’s right. (Applause.) I know that’s right. (Laughter.) Good afternoon, everybody. Have a seat, have a seat.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Mr. President.

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.) I do. Well, welcome to the White House Summit on Working Families. (Applause.) And thanks to all of you for joining us. I know that for most of you, you are taking time off of work or family, or both, to be here. And I know that’s a sacrifice. And I know just juggling schedules can be tough. And in fact, that’s one of the reasons that we are here today.

      I want to thank our co-hosts, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez — give him a big round of applause — as well as Neera Tanden and everyone at the Center for American Progress for the great work that they did. (Applause.) Thanks as well to all the members of Congress who are participating, especially Nancy Pelosi and the members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group. (Applause.) And a long-time friend and champion of families and women and veterans, Connie Milstein — we could not have pulled this off without Connie’s great assistance, so we want to thank Connie. (Applause.)

      So I just walked over to Chipotle for lunch. (Laughter.) I caused a lot of havoc, as you might expect. (Laughter.) It had been a while since I had the burrito bowl, and it was good. (Laughter.) And I went there with four new buddies of mine. One of them is a father of a four year old and a two month old who has worked with his wife to come up with a flexible plan where he works three or four days a week. She works three or four days a week. And the reason is because, as Roger put it, he thinks it’s important that he is able to bond with this kids just as much as his wife is.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/23/remarks-president-obama-white-house-summit-working-families-june-23-2014

  3. vitaminlover says:

    Summit on working families… this is unprecedented.

    • CR says:

      Hi vitaminlover!

      I must say that Pres. Obama sure seems take all the different approaches to analyzing, discussing and sovling the big problems with the help of the private sector (since he can’t count on Congress’ help in solving problems).

  4. CR says:

    PMI Manufacturing Index Flash

    Released On 6/23/2014 9:45:00 AM For Jun, 2014

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Level 56.2 56.5 56.0 to 58.4 57.5

    Highlights
    Factories are heating up as are perhaps costs for raw materials, with the latest evidence coming from Markit’s flash PMI which is at 57.5 for June vs 56.4 in final May and 56.2 for the May flash.

    June’s flash report is led by new orders, at a very strong 61.7 for a 2.9 point acceleration from final May. Backlog orders are up 9 tenths to 56.9 which is particularly strong for this reading. These order readings point in the months ahead to a rising rate of output which is already very strong at 61.0 for a 1.4 point rise.

    Inflationary pressures have been popping up in some economic data. Input prices in this report are up 6 tenths to 57.0, still only a moderate rate of monthly gain for this reading. There’s only very slight pressure on output prices, up 1.6 points to 52.0.

    Other readings in today’s report include a no-better-than moderate growth rate for employment, at 53.8. New export orders continue to lag in this report, showing barely any growth at 50.9.

    Exports aside, new orders in this report offer a very positive signal for the factory sector which is providing increasing leadership for the national economy. The Dow is moving up from opening lows following today’s report.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  5. CR says:

    Existing Home Sales

    Released On 6/23/2014 10:00:00 AM For May, 2014

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Existing Home Sales – Level – SAAR 4.65 M 4.66 M 4.75 M 4.68 M to 4.80 M 4.89 M
    Existing Home Sales – M/M Change 1.3 % 1.5 % 4.9 %
    Existing Home Sales – Yr/Yr Change -6.8 % -5.0 %

    Highlights
    Housing may finally be contributing to economic growth. Existing home sales jumped 4.9 percent in May on top of April’s 1.5 percent gain. This is the first back-to-back gain for this series going all the back to April and May of last year. May’s annual rate of 4.89 million is above the top end of the Econoday consensus.

    In a special plus, sales strength is centered completely in the key single-family component which had been lagging in prior months. Single-family sales rose 5.7 percent to a 4.30 million annual rate. The condo component, which has shown respectable life in prior months, shows no change in May at a 0.59 million rate.

    Tight supply and rising prices didn’t hold back sales in May. Supply at the current sales rate fell to 5.6 months from 5.7 months. The median price jumped 5.9 percent in May to $213,400. The strength of pricing can be seen in the year-on-year rate, at plus 5.1 percent vs a minus 5.0 percent rate for year-on-year sales. A special plus for prices is the decline underway in distressed sales, which in May came in at a record low of 11 percent vs 18 percent this time last year.

    By region, the South over the past year has been the leading sales region, down only 0.5 percent. The weakest has been the West, down a year-on-year 11.4 percent. But for May, all regions show monthly gains led by the Midwest.

    The housing sector takes center stage this week. Watch for FHFA and Case-Shiller price data on tomorrow’s calendar followed later in the morning by new home sales. The Dow is getting a small lift in early reaction to today’s report.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  6. CR says:

    Business groups try to save Ex-Im Bank

    By Vicki Needham – 06/23/14 11:10 AM EDT

    Business groups are ramping up pressure on Congress to save the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank in the face of growing opposition and uncertainty in the House.

    The Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are planning a phone call Monday to urge reauthorization of Ex-Im, which they argue is critical for American exporters to compete in a more competitive global trading environment.

    “The reality is that manufacturers of all sizes can’t afford to be defenseless in today’s global marketplace,” said Linda Dempsey, NAM’s vice president of international economic affairs.

    Without legislative action before Sept. 30, Ex-Im’s charter will expire.
    Advocates argue the elimination of the bank would leave thousands of U.S. exporters without an avenue to sell their products overseas.

    “Allowing the Ex-Im Bank to close would be a gift to our competitors and would result in the loss of manufacturing in the United States,” Dempsey said.

    “If Congress fails to take up a reauthorization bill, people are going to lose their jobs, businesses and supply chains around the country will be impacted, and constituents are going to want to know why.”

    In recent weeks, business groups have canvassed Capitol Hill, going door-to-door to build support for reauthorization.

    “The Export-Import Bank is a vital tool for American companies of every size, sector and region,” said a representative for the Chamber of Commerce. “On behalf of the many businesses that use Ex-Im, we will continue to make the case to lawmakers about the job creation and growth opportunities that the bank provides, without costing taxpayers a dime.”

    On Sunday, soon-to-be House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) dealt a blow to the bank’s survival saying he supports conservative efforts to shut it down.

    The White House is pressing for passage of a five-year measure, although a more likely scenario could be a one-year deal, some sources say.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/210228-business-groups-try-to-save-ex-im-bank

  7. CR says:

    June 23, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Conviction of Journalists in Egypt

    The United States strongly condemns the verdicts rendered against three Al-Jazeera journalists and 15 other defendants today in Egypt. The prosecution of journalists for reporting information that does not coincide with the Government of Egypt’s narrative flouts the most basic standards of media freedom and represents a blow to democratic progress in Egypt. As we have said many times before, democracy is about more than elections. True democracy requires thriving democratic institutions, including a vibrant free press that is empowered to hold the government accountable to the people.

    Perhaps most disturbing is that this verdict comes as part of a succession of prosecutions and verdicts that are fundamentally incompatible with the basic precepts of human rights and democratic governance. These include the prosecution of peaceful protesters and critics of the government, and a series of summary death sentences in trials that fail to achieve even a semblance of due process.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/23/statement-press-secretary-conviction-journalists-egypt

    • CR says:

      John Kerry
      Secretary of State
      Washington, DC
      June 23, 2014

      Today’s conviction and chilling, draconian sentences by the Cairo Criminal Court of three Al Jazeera journalists and fifteen others in a trial that lacked many fundamental norms of due process, is a deeply disturbing set-back to Egypt’s transition. Injustices like these simply cannot stand if Egypt is to move forward in the way that President al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Shoukry told me just yesterday that they aspire to see their country advance.

      As I shared with President al-Sisi during my visit to Cairo, the long term success of Egypt and its people depends on the protection of universal human rights, and a real commitment to embracing the aspirations of the Egyptians for a responsive government. Egyptian society is stronger and sustainable when all of its citizens have a say and a stake in its success. Today’s verdicts fly in the face of the essential role of civil society, a free press, and the real rule of law. I spoke with Foreign Minister Shoukry again today to make very clear our deep concerns about these convictions and sentences.

      For more: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/06/228291.htm

    • CR says:

      US Ambassador of the United Nations Samantha Power

      6/23/14 Twitter

      Conviction of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt is a chilling and outrageous attack on press freedom. Verdict needs to be overturned.

  8. CR says:

    Sudan frees woman on death row for apostasy

    6/23/14 By MOHAMED OSMAN – Associated Press

    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy was freed Monday by a Khartoum court, and has rejoined her Christian husband with their two young children, her lawyer and state media said.

    State news agency SUNA said the Court of Cassation threw out the death sentence against 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim after defense lawyers presented their case. Her lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahim, told The Associated Press that Ibrahim left prison and was with her husband. Her 18-month-old son, Martin, had been with her in jail, where she gave birth last month to a second child.

    Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Christian mother, was convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian. Sudan’s penal code forbids Muslims from converting to other religions, a crime punishable by death.

    Ibrahim married a Christian man from southern Sudan in a church ceremony in 2011. As in many Muslim nations, Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith. By law, children must follow their father’s religion.

    The sentence drew international condemnation, with Amnesty International calling it “abhorrent.” The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply disturbed” by the sentence and called on the Sudanese government to respect religious freedoms.

    On Monday, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, who had met with the Sudanese Ambassador to discuss Ibrahim’s case, described the release as “a huge first step.”

    “But the second step is that Ms. Ibrahim and her husband and their children be on a plane heading to the United States,” he added.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/sudan-frees-woman-death-row-apostasy-192758908.html;_ylt=AwrSyCSNjqhTt1AAeE_QtDMD

    • CR says:

      US Ambassador of the United Nations Samantha Power

      6/23/14 Twitter

      Good news: unjust sentence lifted on Sudan woman sentenced to death for not renouncing faith. Now govt shld repeal law that put her in jail.

    • CR says:

      Relief for Sudan Christian family in US embassy refuge

      6/27/14 By Ian Timberlake – AFP

      Khartoum (AFP) – The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned expressed relief on Friday that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy.

      “Really, it’s good,” Daniel Wani, the American husband of Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 26, told AFP by telephone, adding that embassy staff have been “very helpful and very nice.”

      He said his wife and two children, who could be heard in the background, are doing well at the heavily-guarded facility on the outskirts of Khartoum.

      The couple’s baby daughter was born in prison shortly after Ishag was sentenced to death.

      Wani confirmed that they have sought the embassy’s protection because of death threats against his wife.

      In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Ishag and her family were “in a safe location” and Sudan’s government “has assured us of the family’s continued safety.”

      Citing privacy considerations, she declined to specify further the location of Ishag, whose arrest — and potential execution — raised deep concern among Western governments and human rights activists.

      One of Ishag’s lawyers, Mohanad Mustafa, told AFP late Thursday that the family had gone to the US mission after her release from a police station where she had been held since security agents stopped them from travelling to the United States on Tuesday.

      The family think the embassy “is a safe place for them,” Musfafa said.

      Ishag is charged with forgery and providing false information in relation to a South Sudanese travel document she used to try to leave the country, a day after an appeal court overturned her apostasy conviction and released her from prison.

      Following her release, she immediately went into hiding at another location because of the threats to her life.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/sudan-christian-woman-freed-police-custody-174206685.html

  9. CR says:

    Title IX

    June 23, 1972

    Title IX of the Education Amendments bans sex discrimination in schools. It states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” As a result of Title IX, the enrollment of women in athletics programs and professional schools increases dramatically.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_ix

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