Instead of holding our usual Jobs For All Meeting in Rep. Conyers’ office, he has asked that each of you attend his Jobs Forum at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference onThursday, September 19 2013 at 1:30-3:30. The Conference is open to all and is free- please feel free to pass this information along widely. There is no need to register for the Conference.
CBC ALC Panel on Jobs
Jobs Crisis: Growth, Inequality and Full Employment
Honorary Host: Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
Thursday, September 19
Washington Convention Center, Room 143-A
The Great Recession had a serious and enduring impact on African American employment, but even in the best of economic times, unemployment among African Americans tends to be substantially higher than the jobless rates for the country as a whole. Economists typically expect that increases in education and work experience will increase workers’ productivity and translate into higher compensation. But, the share of black workers in good jobs- one that pays at least $19 per hour, has employer- provided health insurance, and an employer-sponsored retirement plan- has actually declined even while education and work experience has increased. This panel will look at these trends and policies that would have a large, positive impact in creating quality jobs for black workers.
Moderator: Harold Meyerson, the American Prospect
Honorary Guest Speakers additional Members of Congress
Dr. John Schmitt, Senior Economist,Center for Economic Policy and Research
Dr. Lisa Bowleg, George Washington UniversityProfessor of Applied Social Psychology
Ms. Shamar Bibbins, National Policy Officer, Green For All
Mr.Michael Wenger, Senior Fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and anadjunct faculty member at George Washington University
Dr. Charles Betsey, Howard University Professor of Economics, and Co-Director of the Center on Race and Wealth funded by the Ford Foundation