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Create public education documents

Create public education documents for workers by publishing a fact sheet for service workers in plain language on how the SCA and the NLRA interact to protect and encourage collective bargaining and a fact sheet for contractors that includes an explanation of SCA price adjustment principles for collectively bargained wage determinations.

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Create leadership opportunities for diverse workers

Create leadership opportunities for diverse workers by supporting peer-mentoring opportunities.

Truly delivering on advancements in diversity, equity and inclusion means a profound transformation of organizational culture, practical methods, and day-to-day work. However, as some members of RespectAbility's board and staff like to point out, transforming culture requires opportunities for new leaders with diverse, lived... more »

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Stay at Work/Return to Work must remain a priority

The disability community is both the nations largest minority and a unique minority. It is the only minority group that anyone can join at any time due to accident, illness, or aging. As such, newly acquired disabilities have major implications both for a worker themselves and the work for their employer. For the past several year, researchers and practioners from DOL have dedicated themselves to tracking and improving... more »

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Leverage the wisdom of those with lived experiences

The disability community lives by the motto "Nothing about us, without us" that we must have a seat at any decision-making table that affects us (which is every table, as disability cuts across all other demographics), because those with lived experience know solutions that work and must be part of any effective solution. As such, programs are most successful when they develop connections to their constituents with disabilities.... more »

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close gaps in high school grad rates and improve life-skills

The pandemic has made clear that the nation must transform itself to advance racial justice and make equitable opportunities a reality. Achieving that reality must begin by improving educational outcomes for students of color with disabilities. In public schools across the nation, there are 6.5 million students with disabilities. Out of that number, fully 3.5 million are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students... more »

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Use Communication Tools Familiar to Underserved

1. Use communications and engagement tools with which underserved communities are familiar and comfortable.

Each generation has their preferred methods of contact and communication; however, federal agencies need to ensure that they are not relying on antiquated methods for advertising employment programs and services. Outdated pamphlets and flyers often sit unused on shelves as offices that pivoted to telework have... more »

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Outreach to Veterans and Others with Disabilities

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) offers the following comments concerning outreach and education to underserved communities of Americans. PVA is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization representing veterans with spinal cord injuries and/or diseases. As veterans with disabilities acquired both within and outside of military service, PVA members interact with and are served by multiple... more »

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Repeal the Fair Labor Standards Act. Defend the Dignity of Labor

White Collar vs Blue Collar. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is fundamentally flawed

In my analysis, FLSA is fundamentally flawed for it divides workers into categories such as "White Collar" and "Blue Collar" without understanding the basis for the man's existence in the natural world.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed into law on June 25, 1938 claiming that it will provide protection to people working... more »

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Leverage EO to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The CCD Employment and training task force submits the following comments on how DOL can proactively recruit and hire people with disabilities.

In the economic expansion prior to COVID-19, 38.8 percent of US civilians with disabilities ages 18-64 living in the community were employed, compared to 78.6 percent of people without disabilities – a gap of 39.7 percentage points. Fully one quarter (25.9%) of US civilians with... more »

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DOL Should Recognize the Value of Independent Work for POC trending idea

The Department of Labor must acknowledge the importance of contingent and alternative work arrangements to ‎the cause of worker equity. Underprivileged minority communities are increasingly turning to alternative work ‎arrangements to escape the paradigm of economic dependence imposed by traditional employer-employee work ‎arrangements, which have historically been exploitive towards many communities in the United States.... more »

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Improve Data Sharing on Women and Children in Agriculture

The National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) is conducted periodically (most recently in 2015-16) to collect demographic, employment, and health data in face-to-face interviews with farmworkers. The survey yields valuable information that informs policymaking. However, the survey does not collect information from children working in agriculture, and the survey report does not include disaggregated gender-specific data... more »

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Language Accessibility

America is a multilingual country. From Native American languages, to the Spanish and French spoken by those whose families have lived in the southwest, Louisiana and Maine since before they became part of the U.S., to the languages brought here by immigrants who have come here throughout our history with their dreams and energy. The services provided by the Department of Labor and its contractors should be fully accessible... more »

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Advancing Equity-collaboration

• Accessible licensing transfer of skills

• Expansion of resources in additional languages

• Closer collaborative efforts between US DOL and state DOLs

o Working together to address problem sectors in holistic way

o Building deeper trust with community based organizations

o Providing funding opportunities to expand state enforcement

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