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A Part-Time Life, as Hours Shrink and Shift-Surviving in a Changing Economy

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The widening use of part-timers has been a bane to many workers, pushing many into poverty and forcing some onto food stamps and Medicaid. And with work schedules that change week to week,
workers can find it hard to arrange child care,
attend college or hold a second job,
according to interviews with more than 40 part-time workers.

In in two leading industries — retailing and hospitality — the number of part-timers who would prefer to work full-time has jumped to 3.1 million, or two-and-a-half times the 2006 level, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In retailing alone, nearly 30 percent of part-timers want full-time jobs, up from 10.6 percent in 2006.
The agency found that in the retail and wholesale sector, which includes hundreds of thousands of small stores that rely heavily on full-time workers, about 3 in 10 employees work part-time.

Read the Whole New York Times Article

Weekly Newsletter-Monday October 29

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Penn State Campus Raises Human Trafficking Awareness

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Members of the Penn State DuBois Diversity Committee, in conjunction with the Student Life Office, organized programs in "The Stackpole Hall Diversity Series" this week to help inform the campus community of the global crisis surrounding human trafficking.

According to the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, an estimated 2.5 million people are in forced labor, including sexual exploitation, at any given time as a result of human trafficking.

Pennsylvania is one of few states in the country with no specific laws regulating human sex trafficking, which is also an issue of overwhelming proportions around the country.

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Nov 28 Release of-"Overlooked and Undercounted" The 2012-2013 Self-Sufficiency Standard

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PathWays PA Releases "Overlooked and Undercounted" The 2012-2013 Self-Sufficiency Standard

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia

RSVP Here

Come and Join us! Hope to see you there!

NON-PARTISAN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CALL, WALK, and HELP TO GET OUT THE VOTE!

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HELP Vote for Homes! ON ELECTION DAY!

The Vote for Homes! Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition registering thousands of people who are living on low incomes, including those who are homeless, living with disabilities, or are formerly incarcerated.


Drivers and Assistants for Election Day are needed. 
Volunteers must come through a training to help transport voters and give voter ID information.

Voter Mobilization Trainings (pick one):
Thursday, October 25, 2:30-4:30 pm (Snacks) or 5:30-7:30 pm (Pizza)Sunday, October 28, 2-4 pm (Snacks)Monday, October 29, 5:30-7:30 pm (Pizza)Friday, November 2, 1:30-3:30 pm (Snacks)Trainings are held at 1515 Fairmount Ave., Phila. PA 19130.

RSVP at: www.voteforhomes.org 
Call if you need help with transportation!
HELP PITCH IN BEFORE ELECTION DAY!


Understanding Domestic Violence and How to Stop it

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The 2012 nationwide Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey showed that "8 out of 10 domestic violence shelters nationwide reported an increase in women seeking help."

The economy has had an effect. Not only is demand up while "funding, services and prevention efforts are down," but the survey went on to report that "74 percent of women stayed with an abuser longer for economic reasons, [and] 58 percent of shelters reported that the abuse is more violent now than before the economic downturn."

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If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Weekly Newsletter-October 22, 2012

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