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Black Workers Still Face Low Wages, Advancement Obstacles

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

September 4, 2007

– A new report by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education finds that more than half of black workers in the United States have jobs that don’t pay well, provide retirement and health benefits, or offer avenues for advancement.

The report, “Job Quality and Black Workers: An Examination of the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York,” analyzes low-wage jobs among black workers, using data from the 2000 U.S. Census.

“It’s no surprise that there’s a jobs crisis in the black community, but what this report shows is that we really can’t keep focusing exclusively on the issue of black unemployment,” said Steven Pitts, a labor policy specialist at the center and author of the report. “This is a two-dimensional problem that includes both the crisis of unemployment in the black community and the crisis of low-wage jobs.”

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Representative Davis to host District 111 Community Forum & Health Fair

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Friday, August 10, 2007

Representative Yvonne Davis would like to invite constituents of District 111 to participate in the District 111 Community Forum & Health Fair on Saturday, August 18, 2007. This event will provide constituents the opportunity to gather at one location and register for services offered by various State agencies, participate in health screenings and also speak with representatives from utility companies regarding provider services. The Community Forum & Health Fair will be held at Concord Missionary Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive, Dallas, Texas 75237 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

Representative Davis has invited a number of State agencies including the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Worker’s Compensation, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services, WorkSource for Dallas County, Texas Workforce Commission and the Child Care Group, to answer questions and to sign eligible constituents up for state programs. In addition to the state agencies, Representative Davis has invited a number of utility companies including AT&T, TXU and ATMOS Energy, to participate in the Community Forum to answer any specific questions or concerns constituents may have regarding their accounts. This year’s event will coincide with the state of Texas’ Annual Sales Tax Holiday which is effective August 17-19, 2007. Representative Davis will provide the first 200 school age children with backpacks to assist with their back to school efforts.

Health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, diabetes, mammograms, sickle cell, prostate (must be 38 years or older) and Hepatitis C will be available for constituents. Participants should not eat at least 6 hours before a glucose screening. Those individuals seeking a mammogram must be 35 years of age or older, last mammogram has been more than one (1) year, must bring picture identification, proof of Dallas county residency and (if applicable) Parkland clinic card, insurance information, Medicaid letter/Medicare card. No cost mammograms, for those who qualify (Dallas county residents). Please contact (214) 941-3895 to register for mammogram screening and eligibility.

Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a discount drug prescription card offered by Together Rx Access. For more information contact Representative Davis’ district office at (214) 941-3895.

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REPRESENTATIVE
YVONNE DAVIS
TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
DISTRICT 111
For more information call:
Claude Spivey @214-941-389

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