9to5 and its allies will be protesting the pay gap that is robbing working women and their families an average of $11,000 annually. In observance of Equal Pay Day on April 9, 2013, 9to5 members are speaking out in California, Colorado, Georgia, Wisconsin and 14 other states calling for Congress to pass the federal Paycheck Fairness Act to end pay disparities.
Read the heart-wrenching story of Patricia who lost her job because she didn’t have paid sick days. Then contact your Representative and Senators to ask them to support the Healthy Families Act. No one should lose their wages – or worse their job – to recover from a common illness or seek routine medical care.
The Healthy Families Act, which was just re-introduced this week, is a reasonable, common sense bill that would help ensure the economic security of tens of millions of workers.
Carolle Fleurio who doesn’t get a single paid day off, even after seven years on the job, sacrificed a day’s wages to make the trip to Washington, D.C. She hopes that her testimony will promote policy change that will help millions of workers support their families and live a more economically secure life.
What a lot of attention the book Lean In by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has generated. Whether or not you agree with Sandberg’s focus, there’s no doubt that she’s part of an ongoing national debate on the struggles of working women which highlights the challenges facing women in low-wage jobs, even if that wasn’t her intent.
“In these tough economic times, common sense policies like increasing the minimum wage are crucial for working families struggling to support their families and build a better future,” said Linda Meric, national executive director of 9to5. “The middle class is what drives our economy. We can’t prosper as a nation unless today’s jobs and tomorrow’s jobs provide fair, decent wages.”
The sexual harassment at my work place was widespread and made the female workers feel unsafe. 9to5 walked me through the process of reporting the abuse and trying to make the workplace a healthier environment for everybody
As a member of 9to5, I have gained a supportive network in my personal and professional life. The connections I have made are for a lifetime. I cannot imagine my life or my job without my 9to5 network supporting me. They are my backbone; they are my voice.
Blind to the real hardships faced by millions of Americans and ignoring what the majority of voters in this country want, the U.S House of Representatives is set on harming our nation’s shared economic prosperity in exchange for giving tax breaks to those who need them the least.
Linda Meric, the national executive director of 9to5, an organization dedicated to ensuring the rights of women, applauded Obama’s decision, noting “The average cost of childcare ranges from $3,900 to $11,700 annually, often making it impossible for women in low-wage jobs to make ends meet.”