Working Men & Women
A Champion for Rhode Island’s Working Men and Women
Throughout his career, Senator Reed has been a champion for middle class Rhode Islanders.
Reed has fought to ensure that all working men and women have the right to a safe workplace, fair wages, decent benefits, and the ability to organize and have their voices heard.
Reed has repeatedly voted to boost the minimum wage and has sought to ensure that employees receive the overtime pay they deserve.
To help workers who are dealing with a seriously ill family member or preparing for the birth or adoption of a new child, Senator Reed strongly supported passage of the Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA).
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, he has also secured critical federal funding to bolster Rhode Island’s economy, create more high-paying jobs, and expand opportunities for local businesses and their employees.
In an effort to help unemployed Rhode Islanders who are trying to find work, Reed continues to fight to extend unemployment insurance benefits so people can pay their bills while looking for a new job, which economists say is one of the most effective ways to aid the economy.
Key Priorities & Accomplishments
- Senator Reed believes that men and women performing the same job should earn the same salary and helped pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure equal pay for equal work.
- Reed fought to ensure workers who are laid-off by companies as a result of increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States are eligible to receive Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and any other qualifying benefits, services, and training to get them back into the workforce quickly.
- Reed cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act to prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who discuss or disclose salary information with their co-workers.
- He secured $15 million for the creation of the Exeter Job Corps Academy to provide young Rhode Islanders with education and training. Nationally, over 90 percent of Job Corps graduates obtain jobs, enlist in the military, or pursue higher education.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed is urging Rhode Island’s business community, research universities, and state and local officials to work together to compete to bring a new “Manufacturing Innovation Institute” to Rhode Island. At a speech in Texas later today,...Posted on 5/9/2013 |
U.S. Senator Jack Reed tours businesses in Garden City in Cranston for a firsthand look at recent development efforts to expand and update the facilities at the shopping center, which houses 55 retailers....Posted on 4/29/2013 |
- U.S. Senator Jack Reed is “pleased” the U.S. Department of Labor is officially ending its suspension on new enrollments in the nation’s federal Job Corps program, but the Senator remains “deeply concerned” that sequestration and financial mismanagement at th...Posted on 4/23/2013 |
In an effort to support jobs in Rhode Island and create a level playing field for Rhode Island businesses, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and independent retailers today urged Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act at Cardi's Furniture in Warwick. This bipartisan legislation would end...Posted on 4/22/2013 |
As a leading Rhode Island-based manufacturer and distributor of quality jewelry findings and carding components that serves global customers, Dama Inc. hosted Senator Jack Reed at its headquarters in Johnston to discuss federal efforts to help boost local manufacturing and exporting. ...Posted on 4/10/2013 |
In an effort to draw attention to wage discrimination and ongoing efforts to bridge the gender pay gap, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) is renewing his push to help pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Earlier this year, Reed joined Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and 41 U.S. Senator...Posted on 4/9/2013 |
The logic’s lacking, according to U.S. Sen. Jack Reed. Posted on 4/5/2013 |