New coalition urges Congress to improve conditions for low-income workers

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Organizations that advocate for working-class Americans, such as the Institute for Policy Studies and Jobs with Justice, recently formed a coalition called the Inter-Alliance Dialogue to address the needs of low-income workers, minorities, domestic workers, day laborers, and other groups most affected by the recession.

In recent months, employers have been eliminating jobs at a rate of about half a million per month, causing many people to lose their homes and healthcare, especially low-income workers and minorities.

The groups that make up the Inter-Alliance Dialogue are urging Congress to address the needs of low-wage workers, by:

* passing the Employee Free Choice Act to expand workers' right to organize and improve working conditions; * enhancing worker protection laws to prevent wage theft and workplace abuses; * preventing the lending and credit industries from taking advantage of minorities and low-income people; * implementing fair immigration reform that protects workers and their families; and * providing equal opportunities for jobs for all workers in the emerging green economy.