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2019 Testimony on Minimum Wage and Pay Transparency - Louisiana State Senate Broadcast Archives 


2018 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

United Way of Southeast Louisiana-2018 Public Policy Legislative Agenda

2018 was a busy policy year for the Louisiana State Legislature. In addition to the Regular Session, Governor John Bel Edwards called three Special Sessions to address state finances. UWSELA Public Policy Chair Kim Sport, Executive Vice President & COO Charmaine Caccioppi, and President & CEO Michael Williamson participated in the Governor’s “A Good Deal for Louisiana Rally” consisting of media interviews and speaking at the Capitol on the need for bipartisanship in solving our state’s financial challenges, highlighting ALICE. 

We are grateful to the Louisiana Representatives and Senators who were our 2018 Legislative Champions for education, financial stability, health and community strengthening issues. Thank you also to UWSELA Board of Trustees, Public Policy Committee, Women United, staff, and our volunteers and collaborative partners who advocated and gave public testimony during the sessions.

Click here for the 2018 Public Policy Agenda

Click here for 2018 Louisiana Domestic Violence Legislation


2017 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

United Way of Southeast Louisiana-2017 Public Policy Legislative Agenda

Our 2017 Public Policy Legislative Agenda “United Against Poverty”, is a key strategy in our Blueprint for Prosperity which serves to advance our objectives to eradicate poverty and to assist those on the cusp of poverty or ALICE---Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is a term to describe residents across Louisiana who are working hard, yet still struggling to make ends meet. ALICE has low-paying jobs, little or no savings, and is one emergency from falling into poverty. Our “United Against Poverty” Public Policy Agenda reaffirms UWSELA’s positions previously taken in the 2015 and 2016 Louisiana Legislative Sessions and has once again made history with regard to domestic violence legislation. We hope it encourages others to focus on public policy and adopt the Blueprint for Prosperity, our poverty eradication agenda.Together we can educate and empower people to help lift them out of poverty. We can create a stronger, better Louisiana.

2017 LEGISLATIVE CHAMPIONS 

2017 EQUAL PAY SUMMIT

The Office of Governor John Bel Edwards in partnership with United Way of Southeast Louisiana hosted the 2017 Equal Pay Summit at the Shaw Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 10th. UWSELA Chief Operating Officer, Charmaine Caccioppi, serves as Chair of Governor Edwards' Louisiana Women's Policy and Research Commission while Kim Sport, UWSELA Public Policy Chair served as the co-chair of the Equal Pay Summit. 

Hundreds were in attendance to participate in the discussion, which included panels comprised of business leaders and state representatives hoping to improve the condition of pay equity in our state. We believe that equitable pay is not only good for business, but critical for families who bear the additional burden when an increasing number of women are the sole breadwinner in a household. We must step up to the challenge and change to status quo in accordance with our Blueprint for Prosperity and United Against Poverty Public Policy Agenda. 

2017 Equal Pay Summit: Facing the Facts

2017 Equal Pay Summit: Business and Solutions Practices

2017 Equal Pay Summit: Call to Action

Flood Relief

United Way of Southeast Louisiana's COO and Executive Vice President, Charmaine Caccioppi, along with Sr. Vice President, Long Term Recovery, Jamene Dahmer, testify before the Louisiana Senate Committee on Homeland Security Committee on our Flood Relief Efforts.  See full Hearing from 1/27/2017 here.


2016 PUBLIC POLICY IN ACTION

United Way of Southeast Louisiana-2016 Public Policy Legislative Agenda Our 2016 Public Policy Legislative Agenda “United Against Poverty”, is a key strategy in our new Blueprint for Prosperity which serves to advance our objectives to eradicate poverty and to assist those on the cusp of poverty or ALICE---Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is a term to describe residents across Louisiana who are working hard, yet still struggling to make ends meet. ALICE has low-paying jobs, little or no savings, and is one emergency from falling into poverty. Our “United Against Poverty” Public Policy Agenda reaffirms UWSELA’s positions previously taken in the 2014 and 2015 Louisiana Legislative Sessions. We hope it encourages others to focus on public policy and adopt the Blueprint for Prosperity, our poverty eradication agenda.Together we can educate and empower people to help lift them out of poverty. We can create a stronger, better Louisiana.

 Supporting Facts and Research Sheet

Advocacy Resources

2016 Public Policy Educational Forums

John Bel Edwards Transition Committee on Children and Family Services


2015 PUBLIC POLICY IN ACTION

United Way of Southeast Louisiana-2015 Public Policy Legislative Agenda

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s (UWSELA) 2015 Public Policy Legislative Agenda was based on the findings of our Community Impact’s Big Issues as endorsed by the Board of Trustees namely, “Economic Empowerment”. We supported the Louisiana Domestic Violence Prevention Commission legislation recommendations and continued to advocate for positions that were previously taken in the 2014 State Legislative Session.

2015 Advocacy Agenda

Advocacy Resources

2015 United Against Domestic Violence


2014 PUBLIC POLICY IN ACTION

United Way of Southeast Louisiana-2014 Public Policy Legislative Agenda History was made this session as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed seven bills into law aimed at stopping domestic violence.  These bills make up the most aggressive package ever introduced and passed by the state legislature to address the issue.  We have a lot to be proud of this legislative session! The United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) Public Policy Committee Chair Kim Sport, along with UWSELA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Charmaine Caccioppi; Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Beth Meeks and New Orleans Family Justice Center Director Mary Claire Landry, worked as a team “United Against Domestic Violence”.

 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up

2014 United Against Domestic Violence