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11 Things Everyone Should Know About Working Women and the Minimum Wage

11 Things Everyone Should Know About Working Women and the Minimum Wage

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Hey, DREAMers with DACA, Learn Your Rights at Work

Hey DREAMers with DACA, Learn Your Rights at Work

Join the “Working with DACA: Workplace Rights Webinar” this Thursday March 13, at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT) and find out all you need to know about DACA and employment.  

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International Women's Day: Where Does the U.S. Rank in Gender Equality for Women Workers?

International Women's Day: Where Does the U.S. Rank in Gender Equality for Women Workers?

In the United States, a woman makes only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. The majority of minimum wage and tipped workers are women. Nearly 40 million workers don’t have a single paid sick day. And here’s just one more incredible stat about women in our country: The U.S. has paid maternity and parental benefits similar to Swaziland, Lesotho and Papua New Guinea. That is to say, zilch.

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Teamwork, from Sochi to Chicago

Olympic speedskater Emily Scott is the daughter of Springfield, Mo., Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 453 member Craig Scott

Title IX deserves a gold: While we cheer for Team USA and the amazing girls and women in the Olympic Games, let’s also give a shout out to Title IX, the 1972 law that put sports within reach of girls in a whole new way by requiring gender equity in schools. And make some noise for American Sarah Hendrickson, who last week became the first woman ever to take an official ski jump at a Winter Games.

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6.5 Million Union Women: A Powerful Voice

6.5 Million Union Women: A Powerful Voice

The “union difference” for women isn’t just about dollars and cents, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler told Progressive Congress last week. At a When Women Succeed America Succeeds luncheon held by the nonprofit foundation associated with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Shuler said the 6.5 million women in U.S. unions also use their voice on the job to improve benefits, lift working conditions in whole industries and make progressive change in politics and legislation.

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Black History Month Reflections: 'You Don't Understand Me, My Son and I Will Eat Here Today'

James Gibbs

This month, workers are reflecting on Black History Month and strides being made to ensure everyone has access to civil and workplace rights. 

James Gibbs, a third-generation coal miner from southwestern Virginia and an at-large international vice president of the Mine Workers (UMWA), shares a story today about his mother standing up to a prejudiced restaurant owner who initially refused to serve the mother and son. 

Text HISTORY to 235246 to hear more workers' Black History Month reflections (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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1 Out of 3 Women Live on the Edge of Something Terrifying

Not coincidentally, many of the women in this clip work at minimum wage or even far below it, in tipped professions. Guess how quickly their lives would change if we raised the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour? There are a bunch of other ideas on how to fix things as well, all below the clip.

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Black History Month: IBEW Leader Breaks Down Voting Barriers for People of Color in Mississippi

Charlie Horhn. Photo via the Electrical Worker online.

It took years of hard work, but Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2262 member and former local president Charles Horhn didn't give up on his dream. Horhn, a member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1966 March Against Fear in Mississippi and worked with the Mississippi AFL-CIO, the NAACP, as well as other community and faith groups to register voters of color all over the state starting in the 1960s.

Text HISTORY to 235246 to hear workers reflect on Black History Month (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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Momentum Plus Political Leadership

Momentum Plus Political Leadership

Why do we mark the anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in February? After activists had struggled for so many years, what was magical about February 1993?

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Pomp, Glitz and Equality

Pomp, Glitz and Equality

The State of the Union: I loved that the first words of President Obama’s State of the Union address last week were about “a teacher spending extra time with a student who needed it.” And how about his one-liner about coming out of the “Mad Men” era and finally fixing unequal pay and the lack of paid sick leave (I like “Mad Men” on TV, but not in the workplace!)?

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