Just in time for Mother’s Day, the U.S. House of Representatives voted against hard-working mothers and fathers in favor of less flexibility, less time and less money for families.
Our country is often divided by political and religious affiliations as well as geography, but there is one value that unifies us all – the belief that every American should be treated equally under the law. There has never been a better time than now to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
The Family Care Act is a vital complement to the Colorado Civil Unions Act. Family comes first, and taking care of your family is part of being in a loving, committed relationship. Civil unions isn’t only about rights, it’s about responsibilities for one another through sickness and health.
Much like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the falsely cloaked Working Families Flexibility Act would hurt, not help, families. The Working Families Flexibility Act, a true misnomer, would in reality ensure workers have less time, less flexibility and less money.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama called for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, an increase in the federal minimum wage, universal preschool and a fair budget that isn’t balanced on the backs of America’s most vulnerable. These are important steps to create new jobs and energize our economy.