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Focus on Institutions of Higher Learning

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It is my opinion that many individuals in US higher education, particularly employees and/or graduate students are completely unaware of the appropriate steps these individuals may take to advocate for themselves and other individuals in similar situations. It is clearly evident to me from my own personal experiences as a PhD student that systemic racial and mental health stigma persists within the work culture of higher... more »

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Renewable Energy Factory to create jobs at scale

Our company ANEW Energy Corp. www.anewenergy.co are manufacturing professionals that have developed plans to build a highly automated factory that can be copied around the world to create jobs at scale. When we scale wind, water, solar, storage, and distribution, the sustainable economy is in reach of low-income sectors of our economy.  When we build 100% of these products with components fabricated in the USA, our carbon... more »

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Pacific Community Ventures On Advancing Worker Equity

At Pacific Community Ventures, we define a quality job as having at least three of five key elements. These include: a 1) living wage sufficient to support a decent standard of living, 2) basic benefits like paid leave and health and retirement benefits, 3) career-building opportunities such as training, mentorship, and advancement opportunities, 4) wealth-building opportunities such as profit-sharing and financial wellness... more »

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Wages/Benefits for Direct Service Providers/End Sub Minimum Wage

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Folks with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) that require Direct Service Providers (DSP's) to work and access the community are currently facing a shortage of employment options and a bureaucratic maze to access Direct Service Providers for these limited and underpaid employment options. This causes many people with I/DD who WANT to work and support themselves and their families to be unable to do so,... more »

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Vets with Disabilities Fall Under Sec 503 AND VEVRAA

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) offers the following comments concerning equitable federal contractor workplaces. PVA is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization representing veterans with spinal cord injuries and/or diseases.  It's membership includes those veterans whose disabilities were acquired both within and outside military service.  As a consequence, PVA believes that contractor... more »

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Model Employment for Workers with Disabilities

Idea #1 – Continue to ensure that the federal government remains a model employer for people with disabilities.

The Federal Government has an important interest in reducing discrimination against Americans living with disabilities, in eliminating the stigma associated with disability, and in encouraging Americans with disabilities to seek employment in the Federal workforce. Further, the Federal workforce has the opportunity... more »

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Prioritize representation within their own staff and leadership

In order to advance equity, it is important for the DOL and the agencies to look at their personnel and practices with a critical lens. Moreover, the agencies should examine if they are segregated by these characteristics across departments and job functions. Working towards equity within their own organizations is a necessary first step for agencies to more fairly and effectively serve the public.

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Equity in the healthcare system

While acknowledging the importance of reducing barriers to care, we focus our remarks here specifically on the potential policy adjustments that would impact equity in the health workforce, and in particular a segment of the health workforce that has historically been marginalized and excluded from labor and economic protections.

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Increase support of federal contractor recruitment efforts

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law offers the following ideas to support USDOL's goal of ensuring that federal contractors and subcontractors doing business with the federal government do not discriminate against protected workers. As a nonpartisan civil rights organization committed to combatting racial discrimination, the Lawyers' Committee has a strong, long-term interest in advancing workers' rights... more »

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Ensure sustainability within the administration of programs

Ensure sustainability and continuity within the administration of federal contractor and subcontractor programs. Both the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' workforce and wealth of institutional knowledge shrunk following years of budget cuts. Building back the office will both increase funding and an expansion of internal financial controls to balance year-to-year budgeting and to guard against external... more »

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