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  • Hastings’ Statement on Labor Day
    Posted in Press Releases on September 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in observance of Labor Day: “This Labor Day, we honor the hardworking men and women who make this country great. America’s cities and heartland have been built on the backs of workers, from its skyscrapers to its silos. Every day, hundreds of millions of laborers work towards the goal of supporting their families and making this country better. “I am proud to represent a state with the fourth largest economy in the nation. Florida... Read more

  • Hastings’ Diversity Amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act Adopted in the House of Representatives
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Jobs and the Workforce

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after his amendment to H.R.6237, the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019, was adopted by voice vote in the House of Representatives. H.R.6237 subsequently passed in the House of Representatives today by a vote of 363-54. “Expanding the intelligence community’s (IC) recruitment of minorities in rural and underserved regions of the United States is a common-sense step to building a... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Janus v. AFSCME
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31: “Today, the Supreme Court overturned four decades of precedent. This decision will undermine the basic rights of more than 17 million public-sector workers, which will impact good paying jobs, wages, healthcare, retirement, and workplace conditions for hardworking Americans all across our nation. “The men and women of the labor moveme... Read more

  • Hastings Marks Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking Equal Pay Day, the date to which the average woman must work to in order to earn what her male counterpart earned the previous year: “It has been 55 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act, yet women still do not receive equal pay for equal work. Last year, the average working woman earned 80 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart – and the gap is wider for women of color. This disparity affe... Read more

  • Airport workers deserve recognition on Labor Day
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce

    I travel to Washington at the beginning of every week Congress is in session. When the week is over, I come home to Florida. As your representative in Congress, I have grown accustomed to frequent air travel, and have spent a lot of time in airports in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Washington, D.C. In the weeks approaching Labor Day – the one day a year dedicated to honoring the contributions of the hardworking men and women who make our country great – I found myself reflecting on the a... Read more

  • Hastings and Rooney Introduce Resolution Encouraging Fair Hiring Practices
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce

    Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) on Tuesday introduced H.Res.77, a House Resolution encouraging the development of best business practices for fair hiring practices. The resolution encourages businesses to provide minorities with fair opportunities to participate at the highest levels. (Please find a copy of the Resolution attached.) “It is important that we continue working to ensure a level playing field for minorities and underrepresented groups in companies and ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Women’s Equality Day
    Posted in Press Releases on August 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Jobs and the Workforce

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement marking the 96th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, which extended voting rights to women, and Women’s Equality Day: “Today we celebrate the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Women’s Equality Day, which is dedicated to the women and men who fought against discrimination based on sex at the voting booth. We also must recognize the work that remains to be done despite the many strides that have been m... Read more

  • Hastings Recognizes Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Jobs and the Workforce, Taxes and Financial Services

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in observance of Equal Pay Day, which marks the point at which the average women’s earnings finally equal those of their male counterparts from the previous year: “Today we mark yet another Equal Pay Day, a day designated to acknowledging that despite passage of the Equal Pay Act over five decades ago, equal pay for equal work still remains a major issue. “Although women make up almost 50 percent of the workforce, holding near... Read more

  • Hastings Marks Sixth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Jobs and the Workforce

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the sixth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: “Today, we recognize the sixth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Passed in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, the Act eased access to the courts for women seeking to challenge pay discrimination and encouraged employers to implement fair payment practices. “This bill was the first to be signed into ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Foreign Affairs, Jobs and the Workforce, Taxes and Financial Services

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight: “Over the past year, we have seen great restoration of our national economy, which has in turn provided increased opportunity and success for everyday Americans. Indeed, this is the cornerstone of the ‘American Dream,’ but this restoration has not been equitably distributed to those who are most in need. I stand with the President and my Democratic col... Read more

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