Domestic Resolutions

Resolution on Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector

Adopted by the JCPA Plenum 2012

Both in spirit and in practice, religious commandments in the Torah and Talmud relating to the employment of workers are imbued with respect for labor rights. Jewish religious laws pre-date current secular labor laws by thousands of years.

The American Jewish community has been supportive of worker and trade union rights for over a century. During the years of mass-immigration from the early 1880s to the second decade of the 20th Century, when American Jewry was a predominantly working-class community, the majority toiled in difficult and often desperate conditions in the garment industry and a range of other trades. The Jewish labor movement and the larger labor movement were essential to the success and advancement of American Jewry.

In recent years , there have been significant efforts to eliminate or substantially narrow collective bargaining rights throughout the United States at local, state and national levels. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in 2011 there was an eight-fold increase in the number of states seeking to restrict or eliminate collective bargaining rights of public workers. 550 bills involving public sector unions and employees, including teachers, police and firefighters have been introduced.

The right to collective bargaining in the United States is the law of the land for the private sector, based on the 1935 National Labor Relations Act. It protects the right of employees in the private sector to form and join unions and requires that employers bargain collectively with the union chosen by its employees. Collective bargaining is considered a universal human right under Article 23 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.



04:04 PM May 17, 2012 - 0 comments permalink

Resolution on Youth Bullying

adopted by 2011 JCPA Plenum

The many forms of bullying affect one-third of our youth today. Bullying and harassment is a continuing problem for school districts, parents, students and communities across the nation. The impact of bullying has been well documented – studies have shown that difficulty making friends, loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, poor academic achievement, truancy and even suicide are all associated with being bullied.

In addition to face-to-face bullying, cyberbullying has become another means for some youth to bully and harass others. An increasing number of youth are misusing online technology to bully, harass and even incite violence against others. As opposed to traditional bullying, cyberbullying through modern communication technology can be more pervasive and invasive in nature: electronic messages can be circulated far and wide in an instant, and are usually irrevocable. Despite the prevalence and impact of cyberbullying, many adults are unaware of the problem due to a lack of fluency in new technologies, limited involvement in and oversight of youth online activity, and strong social norms among youth against disclosure of online behavior. Bullying youth creates an environment which can foster anti-social behavior.



10:44 AM Mar 10, 2011 - 0 comments permalink

Resolution on Senior Poverty

adopted by the 2011 JCPA Plenum
Older Americans who are living in poverty often suffer in silence, living in the shadows while trying to make ends meet. A single life change—a costly illness, loss of a job, or death of a spouse—can quickly threaten the financial stability of seniors. This has become especially true during the most recent recession.

Older Americans are sometimes reluctant, ashamed, or challenged to reach out for help or connect themselves with important services that could help them secure shelter, feed themselves, or buy medicine. It is also not uncommon to hear stories about moderate- and low-income seniors having to make difficult decisions about their personal finances: deciding between paying for heat in the winter or an entire month’s worth of medication.



10:37 AM Mar 10, 2011 - 0 comments permalink

Resolution on Immigration Enforcement

adopted by the 2011 JCPA Plenum

The United States is a nation of immigrants. While immigration laws are necessary, they should be respectful of human rights and never become a tool for hate and discrimination. The U.S. Constitution and numerous acts of Congress provide the federal government with preeminent authority over immigration. Immigration policy has been the exclusive purview of the federal government because it involves the careful balancing of national law enforcement, foreign relations, economic interests, and humanitarian interests. State and local governments have historically left it to the federal government to consider the various objectives of our nation’s immigration laws and to enact legislation to promote national goals.



10:34 AM Mar 10, 2011 - 0 comments permalink

Resolution on Elections

adopted by 2011 JCPA Plenum

The cornerstone of democracy is the election process. The mission statement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs recognizes that Jewish security is linked inexorably to the strength of democratic institutions and that the Jewish community has a direct stake and an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to the Bill of Rights and committed to the rule of law, a nation whose institutions continue to function as a public trust.

The rights of individuals to run for office, support candidates of their choice, volunteer, contribute, and vote are essential. Safeguards are needed to prevent fraud, but in general the more open the electoral process, the more likely the will of the citizenry will be reflected in our government.



10:32 AM Mar 10, 2011 - 0 comments permalink

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