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We all know that women across the United States make less money than men. But on top of that, the industries that employ majority women are also the most likely industries to lack basic labor laws. Caroline Fredrickson tackles the subject new book Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over, which comes out this month from The New Press. 

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Federal contracting with private vendors supports about two million low-wage private sector jobs, according to Demos, a national research institute, in their study, "Underwriting Bad Jobs." That is "more than the number of low wage workers at Walmart and McDonald's combined." 

On Tuesday, Democrats in the Senate and House introduced twin resolutions "to ensure that students have access to debt-free higher education." 

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A group of congressional Democrats introduced a resolution on Tuesday seeking to ensure that students who attend public colleges and universities can graduate without debt.

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The rationale behind the ban is simple: it’s unfair and useless to use a person’s credit history, which is often inaccurate or misleading, when assessing their job qualifications. When corporations use massive data screenings to hire and fire en masse, credit checks can drastically narrow an applicant pool and subsequently be held as a cudgel over desperate job seekers and compel them to expose private background information.

Several top congressional Democrats will embrace on Tuesday a loose plan to make public colleges a debt-free proposition—and will receive an immediate boost from progressive activists who are hoping to shape the 2016 Democratic agenda.

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"You are in a Catch-22," said Emmanuel Caicedo, a senior campaign strategist with Demos, one member of a coalition of 79 labor and civil rights organizations that formed the NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment.

"You can't pay your bills and so your credit is bad. And then you can't get a job to pay your bills because of your credit."

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