CEPR

Monday, March 3, 2014

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC-212-10
First Street, SE Washington DC 20515

Deficit Reduction Challenges: How Has the Macroeconomic Environment Changed in the Past Year?

As an expert panel at the National WIC Association's 24th Annual Washington Leadership Conference, CEPR's Dean Baker and Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities will be discussing "Deficit Reduction Challenges: How Has the Macroeconomic Environment Changed in the Past Year?"

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

10:00 AM
Rayburn House Office Building (2360)
45 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20515

ObamaCare and the Self-Employed: What About Us?

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will hold a hearing to examine the effect of the President's health care law on the self-employed. The Hearing will be webstreamed live HERE .

Witnesses and Testimony:

Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC
Todd McCracken, President, National Small Business Association, Washington, DC
Alan Schulman, President, Insurance Benefits & Advisors, LLC. ,Rockville, MD
Charlie Arnold, President/Owner, Lewes, DE

Hearing Notice (PDF)

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

7:00 pm

Bolivarian Hall
2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

The Legacy of Hugo Chávez: At Home and Abroad
Hosted by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

March 5th will mark the one year anniversary of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A panel discussion will focus on the political, social, and economic impact that this Latin American leader had on movements and governments alike in the US, Venezuela, and the region. Mark Weisbrot of CEPR will be joined by Dan Kovalik, Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Venezuelan official (TBD). The panel will be moderated by James Early, Director of Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Press Briefing:
“Lessons from NAFTA for the TPP”  Did NAFTA Help Mexico?: An Assessment After 20 Years

With:
Representative Rosa DeLauro
Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Moderated by Laura Carlsen, Director, Americas Program

National Press Club Murrow Room

529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

12:15 - 2:00 pm

Women's National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20036

Getting Back to Full Employment and Reducing Inequality

Dean Baker discusses his latest books, "Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People" (co-authored with Jared Bernstein) and "The End of loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive."

 

Please RSVP online at www.democraticwoman.org or telephone (202) 232-7363 ext. 3003

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

UCLA Downtown Labor Center
675 S. Park View St.
Los Angeles, CA

Unfinished Business LA:
History & Next Steps for Paid Family Leave

The California Work & Family Coalition hosts authors Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman for a discussion on their new book Unfinished Business, which documents the history and impact of California’s paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2:30 - 4:30pm (doors open at 2:00pm)
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Unfinished Business: 
History and Next Steps for California's Paid Family Leave

In their new book, Unfinished Business, Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. We will also hear from Bay Area community members who are working locally and statewide to expand awareness and our rights to take paid family leave.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

12:00pm—1:30pm*
Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave S, Cowles Auditorium
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

The Future of Social Security and Medicare Co-sponsored with AARP of Minnesota

Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research
Kevin Hassett, John G. Searle Senior Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

Must Social Security and Medicare be cut to protect the programs and America’s fiscal balance sheets?  Or, can the backbone of security for seniors be protected by raising revenue and making other reforms?  Time to put aside talking points and spin in favor of honest discussion.  Dean Baker and Kevin Hassett are two of the country’s most thoughtful progressive and conservative commentators on entitlement reform.  They are also longtime friends, bringing an uncommon civility to the momentous options and weighty decisions facing Congress and President Obama.

*Light refreshments immediately following the event.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2:00-3:00pm
Rayburn House Office Bldg (2226)
45 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20515

Employment: A Human Right

Sponsored by Representative John Conyers, Jr. and Representative Frederica S. Wilson, the discussion will be in the context that over the past year, 25 percent of the American population was unemployed or underemployed and not earning enough to support their basic needs.  CEPR's Dean Baker will be one of the panelists considering whether or not the right to employment should be seen as the critical foundation of economic democracy and the government has a special obligation to provide employment opportunities for all. The panel will be moderated by Christina Bellatoni of Roll Call, and other participants include Larry Mishel of EPI, Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO, John Cavanagh of the Institute for Policy Studies, and Phil Harvey of Rutgers University.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

FDL Book Salon: Getting Back To Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People

5:00p - 7:00p Eastern / 2:00p - 4:00p Pacific time.

CEPR co-director Dean Baker will be the featured author in an online book salon at firedoglake.  It will be hosted by Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute.

Dean will be discussing his book, Getting Back to Full Employment, in which he and his co-author Jared Bernstein point out that the weakness of the labor market has made it impossible for most workers to achieve real wage gains.  As a result the benefits of the economic growth we have seen have gone overwhelmingly to the richest 1 percent.  They show how, particularly in an era of historically high inequality, full employment would provide workers with the bargaining power needed to secure higher incomes and a fair share of the economy's growth. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Congressional briefing hosted by
The Center for Economic and Policy Research and
CUNY's Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies

Unfinished Business:
Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy

Rayburn House Office Building (2253).

In their new book, Unfinished Business, CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and CUNY's Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. Currently just 12 percent of U.S workers have paid family leave through their employers.

At this briefing, Appelbaum and Milkman will discuss in detail the effects of California's landmark paid family leave law on employers and workers. They will also explore the implications of the state's decade-long experience with paid family leave for the nation, which is engaged in ongoing debate about work-family policies.

In addition, the National Partnership for Women and Family's Rachel Lyons will outline the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, a proposal from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for a national paid family and medical leave insurance program to benefit workers, their families, businesses and our economy.

Download Presentation Slides:
Paid Family Leave: Lessons from California
Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (Family Act)

Download Factsheets:
The Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (The FAMILY Act)
Not Enough Family Friendly Policies:  High Stakes for Women and Families

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Arnold & Porter LLP
555 12th Street, NW
(Metro Center Metro Station)
Washington DC 20004

CANCELED: Asylum in Latin America & Snowden

 CEPR's Mark Weisbrot will be speaking at a luncheon/panel discussion sponsored by the Inter-American Legal Affairs Committee of the International Law Section of the D.C. Bar and the Inter-American Bar Association. He will be joined by panelists Shana Tabak, professor at American University, and Bruce Zagaris, partner at Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP. The panel will be moderated by Henry Saint Dahl, Secretary General of the Inter-American Bar Foundation.

In his portion of the panel, Mark will discuss the changes in Latin America over the past decade that make it a natural place for Edward Snowden to seek asylum; the pressures exerted by the U.S. to prevent Snowden's asylum from being granted; and the case's further implications for the hemisphere, including the charges of hypocrisy that are common in Washington, and the U.S. media against governments that are sympathetic to Snowden.

This event has been canceled.

Friday-Sunday, January 3-5, 2014

Growing Good Jobs and Connecting Workers to Them: Challenges and Opportunities for Theory and Action

Philadelphia Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum will co-chair LERA/NEA/EPI Joint Welcome Reception and Plenary on Friday, January 3rd, at LERA's econimists meeting in conjunction with ASSA/AEA.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

A National Conference:  Averting Layoffs & Saving Jobs Through Work-Sharing

9am-4:30pm
Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center
901 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Americas Room (10th Floor)

CEPR's Dean Baker, along with AEI's Kevin Hassett, will be the lunchtime speakers at a national conference on "Averting Layoffs & Saving Jobs Through Work-Sharing." Convened by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), along with the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP) and other allies, this day-long work-sharing conference will bring together worker advocates, business, economists and government to consider work-sharing and its potential to reduce unemployment in the future.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

United States Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy 

10:00 AM
Dirksen Senate Office Buliding (215)
303 Ryburn Hse Ofc Bldg 
Washington, DC 20515

CEPR's Dean Baker will be testifying at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy of the Senate Committee on Finance. The topic to be addressed is "The Role of Social Security, Defined Benefits, and Private Retirement Accounts in the Face of the Retirement Crisis."

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Employment: A Human Right

3:30pm-5:00pm
Rayburn House Office Bldg (2237)
45 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20515

CEPR's Dean Baker will be a panelist at this Congressional symposium presented by Representative John Conyers, Jr. on International Human Rights Day.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed on December 10, 1948, includes Article 23, the Right to Employment.

Along with John Cavanagh of the Institute for Policy Studies, Phil Harvey of Rutgers University, Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO and Larry Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute, Dean will discuss the current employment situation, the right to employment, and the government's role in providing job opportunities for all.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Seniors Task Force Staff Briefing: The Economic Impacts of the Chained CPI

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Rayburn House Office Bldg (2456)
45 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515

CEPR's Dean Baker will speak at a Congressional briefing on an important new study, “The Chained CPI: Shackling America’s Economic Recovery.”  Along with Max Richtman and Web Phillips of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, they will discuss their findings and provide data on the economic output and job loss impacts that could occur if the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) were to be enacted.

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Monday, December 9, 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 10, 8:30am – 4:30pm

50 Years Later: Women, Work & The Work Ahead

US Department of Labor
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210

The Women’s Bureau will host a commemorative event for the 50th Anniversary ofAmerican Women: Report of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, 1963. The commemoration will provide a platform for the Department of Labor to engage in a dialogue with the leading experts, researchers, and advocates to identify initiatives, reforms and research gaps that would assist in efforts to address barriers to women’s full economic equality and workforce participation. 

Worker Voice and Women’s Economic Advancement
Tuesday's disscussion will include CEPR's Nicole Woo. she will speak on a panel addressing worker empowerment and collective bargaining in the workplace.

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December 6, 2013

“No Grand Bargain" Luncheon Forum

12:00 pm
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Keep Social Security & Medicare Off the Federal Budget Chopping Block!

What is happening to our great nation? The middle class is vanishing, and income inequality is the worst in our nation’s history. Many people work their whole lives but have too little or no retirement savings. Proposals in Washington call for short and long term benefit reductions to both Social Security and Medicare. The 14th Congressional District could lose over $4 million in benefits for seniors in 2015 alone! Enacting the proposed changes will hurt older people, local economies, women, and the disabled in greater proportion. Join us to hear from experts who will dispute the myths, and join with advocates who are fighting back against balancing the federal deficit on the backs of those most in need of these cherished federal programs.

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Guest Speakers
Senator Jim Ferlo — Chairman
Leo Gerard — President, United Steelworkers of America
Prof. Wayne Burton — President, PA Alliance for Retired Americans
Nicole Woo — Center for Economic and Policy Research
Andrew Coates MD, FACP — President, Physicians for A National Health Program
Ed Grystar — Western PA Coalition for Single Payer Health Care

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November 21, 2013

The Full Employment Generation: A Congressional Briefing Featuring Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20003

Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Frederica Wilson are sponsoring this briefing on the future of the full employment agenda in America.  It will feature CEPR's Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. They will talk about kindling a new movement built on a simple vision: Every American who wants to work should have the right to either employment or training. This session will address simple and proven proposals to make this vision a reality. Building a full employment society is a prerequisite for building a happier, healthier, and more productive nation.

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November 19, 2013

Employer-Sponsored Benefits Study Task Force

9:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Florida Public Service Commission
Betty Easley Conference Center, Room 148
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Workforce Florida Inc. is the statewide workforce investment board of business and government leaders charged with overseeing Florida's workforce system, which includes the Department of Economic Opportunity, 24 Regional Workforce Boards and nearly 100 One-Stop Career Centers. Workforce Florida’s mission is to develop strategies that help Floridians enter, remain and advance in the workforce to support economic development and strengthen the state's business climate. Find more information about the event here.