In our regular weekly feature, we take a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
In an election night that was rather disappointing for working families and their candidates, one bright spot was the success of several state ballot initiatives dealing with some core worker issues, including wages, equal pay, education and paid sick leave. Here’s a quick look.
This weekend marks the 166th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention—the first women’s rights conference in the United States. Those women came together and launched a movement centered on equality and justice that, through struggle and collective action over the decades, achieved remarkable success.
Remember when conversations like this happened in every household? Even worse, 10 or 20 years before this, it was just automatically assumed that the wage disparity was fine and dandy. How far we've come...and how far we have yet to go!
Remember, full-time women workers still make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.
The “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” bus tour rolls into Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday and hits Chicago on Friday. Spearheaded by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the tour highlights a much-needed economic agenda for women and working families.
Collective bargaining is one of the best solutions for gender pay discrimination, Connecticut AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Lori Pelletier told a U.S. Senate hearing on the economic security of working women on Tuesday.
New Hampshire's elected and community leaders marked Equal Pay Day with the traditional press conference—and a critical step toward ensuring that women receive a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. Shortly before a paycheck fairness bill, S.B. 207, was heard in the New Hampshire House Labor Committee, representatives from women’s groups and labor joined elected leaders at the Statehouse to commemorate the strides being made in New Hampshire to address pay inequity.
Most Republican lawmakers say they believe in fair and equal pay for women. But a day after Equal Pay Day, when Republican senators had a chance to vote for a bill that would have gone a long way to achieving that goal, not a single one cast a vote to just allow debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, let alone pass it.
Women have to work more than three extra months to earn what men earn in a year because, on average, they make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men’s earnings. Today, Equal Pay Day, marks the day women workers close the 2013 pay gap.