#OFCCP; #AANHPI; #Observance; #UnitedStates; #Equality
New York/Canadian-Media: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), part of the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian /Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month highlighting the contributions made by AANHPIs to our nation’s culture and history with recommitment to advancing equity for all AANHPI workers.
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In his Presidential Proclamation marking AANHPI Heritage Month, United States (U.S.) President Joe Biden stated AANHPI communities are deeply rooted in the history of the United States with contributions from laying railroad tracks, tilling fields, and starting businesses, to caring for our loved ones and honorably serving our Nation in uniform.
In spite of the strength shown and successes achieved, Biden said that AANHPI communities face systemic barriers to economic justice, health equity, educational attainment, and personal safety challenged by failing to reflect the diversity of AANHPI communities and the particular barriers that Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, and South Asian communities in the United States continue to face.
AANHPI communities have experienced in the past year, increased incidents of hate crimes, bias and racial scapegoating. Anti-Asian racism is not new. Throughout history hate crimes against South Asians, AANHPI communities have experienced discrimination and inequity, often stemming from xenophobia from the Chinese Exclusion Act to the Japanese internment camps to post-9/11.
AANHPI communities are incredibly diverse in terms of socioeconomic status as well as national origin, language and religious affiliation. While some Asian American subgroups have high levels of education and income, more than 2 million AANHPIs live in poverty.
This economic insecurity for many AANHPI communities has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. AANHPI women are overrepresented in service industries such as restaurants, hotels, and retail industries that have seen significant job losses during the pandemic. Even before the pandemic, AANHPI workers, including AANHPI women, faced job segregation, unequal pay and systemic barriers in hiring and promotions. A 2015 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report found that in the technology sector, high percentage of Asian American workers hired, Asian Americans are underrepresented in upper management and Asians Americans with advanced degrees actually earn 5% less compared with whites.
With a longstanding mission to protect workers, OFCCP enforces the contractual promise of equal opportunity and affirmative action by federal contractors and subcontractors and has been able to recover more than $7,599,821 million for over 3,367 AANHPI workers experiencing workplace discrimination since 2019.
With its commitment to better understanding and addressing the barriers facing AANHPI workers in the American workplace, OFCCP has ensured federal contractors and subcontractors advance equality and opportunity for all over the past half-century.
#LoC; #USOfficeOfPersonnelManagement; #PublicServiceRecognitionWeek; #USCopyrightOffice; #OnlineTransition
Washington/Canadian-Media: The United States (U.S.) Office of Personnel Management has designated first full week of May as Public Service Recognition Week to honor the folks who work in the business of federal, state, county and local governments including the library employees and those working at national Library, Library of Congress (LoC) reported.
Main reading room of the Library of Congress. Image credit: Shawn Miller
With more than 3,200 people working at the LoC, including world-class experts and scholars in a vast number of fields, it is the largest library in world history, comprising more than 171.6 million items and counting. Included in the library facilities are the main Library buildings, the U.S. Copyright Office and the Congressional Research Service on the Capitol Hill campus; the Packard National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia; six satellite offices around the world; and several state-of-the-art storage facilities.
A vast number of fields in which world-class experts and scholars work are the U.S. and world history, literature, book-binding, films, folklore, maps, manuscripts, printing, photography, maps, making all resources available to the public while also preserving them for centuries to come.
Apart from great librarians, LoC also houses chemists, film preservationists, and, in the case of the papers of Alexander Hamilton, scientists who used hyperspectral imaging to uncover long-hidden lines of text.
In her video message, Carla Hayden, the Librarian Of LoC, says the Library is one of the primary keepers of the American narrative, a storehouse, conservatory, library and museum of American and world history. Though our doors have been closed to the public and most employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library staff never missed a day, as the staff shifted to telework almost overnight to keep the work flowing and more than 802,000 reference librarians answered the questions from members of Congress to researchers to students. (Just use our Ask a Librarian service!) in fiscal 2020.
Thousands of items that come into the Library daily were received, stored and processed by the technicians. More than 400,00 copyright registrations per year were done by the Copyright Office a cornerstone of intellectual property rights. Conservationists and preservations found new ways to work safely working in everything from manuscripts to maps, from films to recordings.
The National Book Festival, one of our favorite events, has also been transitioned by the staff responsible for putting together the festival from multiple departments to hosting the festival online last fall. The impact of COVID-19 impact on the nation is also being actively documented and curated. Our crowdsourcing project for transcribing historical papers, 'By the People', also continued without missing any step.
#InternationalLaborDay; #Solidarity; #CommonSurvival
New York/Canadian-Media: In a statement issued to mark May Day, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, calls on workers, employers, governments, international organizations and all who are committed to building back better, to join forces to bring in a world of work with justice and dignity for all.
International Labor Day. Image credit: Wikipedia.org
This year we again celebrate May Day, International Workers’ Day, under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has devastated the world of work, destroying jobs, enterprises and livelihoods, throwing millions into poverty and global development into reverse.
And like most crises, it has hit the weakest and the most vulnerable, the hardest, making an unequal world even more unequal.
The pandemic and its consequences are a stark reminder of global interdependence.
That applies to health as much as it does to our working lives.
No one is safe until everyone is safe.
No one can afford to be indifferent to the situation of others in the face of the fragility of the interdependent world that we have constructed.
Solidarity is key to our common survival and prosperity, within borders and across borders.
As we deal with today’s crisis and look to the future, one thing is clear: we need a human-centred recovery, with justice and equity, a recovery that is sustainable and inclusive of all.
Building back better means making deliberate and coherent policy choices:
We salute them, just as we mourn those whose have lost their lives, but, we must never sacrifice our values of social justice, nor our fundamental rights at work, nor our determination to build the better future which, is the meaning and the purpose of those who have celebrated May Day around the world for so many years.
In many ways, the pandemic has brought darkness to our lives and made that task more difficult.
Yet, it has also brought new possibilities that we can and must pursue.
The flux of crisis gives us space to rethink, make new choices and new commitments for people, for planet and for prosperity.
On this International Labor Day, the ILO calls on workers, employers, governments and international organizations, everybody committed to building back better, to join forces, to bring in a world of work with justice and dignity for all.