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Here's What Happens When You Discover You Don't Get Equal Pay

Here's What Happens When You Discover You Don't Get Equal Pay

Let us paint you a picture. A hardworking woman puts in weeks, months, years at her job only to discover she is being grossly underpaid compared with her male co-worker who does the EXACT same job. Sound familiar? While today may be the 52nd anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, far too many women (maybe even you) still don’t earn as much money as their male peers. Talk about bad blood.

Check out our latest Kinja post to read a few steps women go through when they find out they aren’t receiving equal pay.

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On Equal Pay Day, Mind the Gap, All $431,000 of It

On Equal Pay Day, Mind the Gap, All $431,000 of It

Today, Equal Pay Day, marks the day when women workers close the 2014 pay gap, and that wage gap is huge. Women, on average, earn 78 cents on the dollar compared to men’s wages and that adds up to more than $10,800 a year and more than $400,000 over a career. 

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Boots, Heels, Flats and Gym Shoes, Working Women Hit the Streets to Highlight Need for Collective Bargaining

Boots, Heels, Flats and Gym Shoes, Working Women Hit the Streets to Highlight Need for Collective Bargaining

The labor movement isn't just boots on the ground, said Connie Leak, a UAW member and president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). "It's heels, flats and sneakers." Working women are impacting the labor movement in a big way. 

Yesterday, more than 250 women workers and labor participants gathered in Washington, D.C., at the AFL-CIO headquarters to discuss issues that affect women workers and families and talk about collective bargaining as the solution. 

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Report: Women's Committees Still Valuable to Unions

Report: Women's Committees Still Valuable to Unions

A new report, Women’s Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making a Difference, by Lois S. Gray and Maria Figueroa, concludes that labor organizations still have a need for women-centered programs and committees. Female union members and the labor unions themselves still gain significant benefits from maintaining internal organizations and programs for women. Gray and Figueroa collected data from both national and local unions, as well as alt labor groups.  They found that such programs, even in female-dominant unions or those headed by women, increase women's union activism, develop leaders, expand collective bargaining and help address issues like sexual harassment and pay inequality.

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New Hampshire Workers Build Bridges to Push Equal Pay

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.

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All Senate Republicans Say ‘No’ to Paycheck Fairness

Photo via Florida AFL-CIO

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.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Equal Pay Day: Bridging the Pay Gap Takes 3 Extra Months of Work

Photo via Women Employed/Twitter.

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.  

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Obama to Sign Order Strengthening Equal Pay Rules

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Lilly Ledbetter

In a move to boost wage equality and help close the wage gap between men and women (about 23 cents on the dollar), President Barack Obama will issue an executive order tomorrow that will apply some provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act to federal contractors. The order, according to news reports, will be signed at a White House ceremony marking Equal Pay Day, which signifies how far a woman must work into 2014 to earn the same as a man did in 2013 alone.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO WILD Conference Calls for Women’s Community, Workplace Empowerment

New Jersey State AFL-CIO photo

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s 11th annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference wrapped up this weekend with nearly 250 educated, empowered and enthusiastic women heading back to their communities and workplaces to fortify the battle against gender inequality.

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