Skip to content Accessibility Mode ofa_risingsunofa_wordmark emailfacebookgoogleplustwitteryoutube downarrow-circleleftarrow-navmenurefreshrightarrow-nav issue-climateissue-fiscalissue-gvpissue-healthcareissue-immigrationissue-lgbtissue-women ofa_risingsunofa_wordmark

Let’s play a little game of “Did you know?”

Did you know OFA is standing with women on issues like fair pay, child care, and paid leave?

Read more

News Entries in economy and jobs

  • What minimum wage means to me

    Gina was once a successful school teacher, but now she struggles to make ends meet with a low-wage job.

    I am 56 years old, and I make $8.75 per hour. That's an improvement on my previous job, where I made just $7.60, but it's still barely enough to survive. Once I was an elementary school teacher, living comfortably with benefits. Now I can barely afford to eat or pay my bills.

  • Forty-four senators vote against paycheck fairness

    Last week the Senate failed to pass a bill that would help close the pay gap between women and men.

    Apparently some members of Congress don't think addressing this issue is necessary. In fact, there are some people who don't believe a gender pay gap exists. But as President Obama said last week, "It’s not a myth, it’s math."

  • Speaker Boehner: Bring unemployment insurance to a vote

    There's something happening on John Boehner's Facebook page right now.

    Earlier this week the Senate passed a measure that would restore unemployment insurance to more than 2 million job seekers. Now, it's up to Speaker John Boehner to bring the measure to a vote in the house. More than 2,000 supporters have taken to Facebook to raise their voices, so Boehner knows what renewing unemployment benefits means to them and their communities.

  • Tuesday is Equal Pay Day

    Women must work this far into the new year to match what men earned last year.

    Women who work full-time earn, on average, just 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Unless things change, that reality leaves women and their families a step behind in the pursuit of the American dream.

  • One step closer to relief for job-seekers

    The Senate just passed a bipartisan bill to restore a critical lifeline to millions of Americans.

    December 28, 2013: That's the date that millions of job-seeking Americans had the rug pulled out from under them when Congress failed to renew extended unemployment insurance. But a bipartisan bill that just passed in the Senate could rectify that.

  • Senator Kirk gets an earful on Facebook

    Supporters of renewing unemployment insurance took to the senator's Facebook page to express their disappointment at his vote.

    Check out some of the comments that Senator Kirk's constituents left on his page.

  • It's time to give America a raise

    This is how you start a conversation.

    Volunteers across the country hit the streets to highlight the need to raise the minimum wage and create an economy that works for everyone.

  • OFA-Illinois to Sen. Kirk: Don't leave Americans out in the cold

    Senator Mark Kirk broke his promise to restore unemployment insurance benefits.

    Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) went back on his word when he voted against reinstating unemployment insurance benefits for long-term unemployed Americans. Now, OFA is letting him know that he made the wrong choice for Americans—and for Illinoisans.

  • No drama this time: Congress agreed to pay the bills

    President Obama and the American people have sent a clear message: You don't get a ransom for doing your job.

    The games some members of Congress played in October—shutting down our government and threatening default over a list of partisan demands—are not being repeated this time. Americans spoke their mind, and Speaker Boehner got the message.

  • Unemployment insurance matters

    Still searching for a job, Erin explains why hardworking Americans need Congress to act.

    Until last June, I never gave unemployment insurance a second thought. Now, after seven months of looking for a job, I struggle every day with Congress’ failure to act.