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.
Americans agree that there’s nothing more important than taking responsibility and caring for your family members. After 20 years, it’s time to make FMLA more affordable and accessible. Our country needs healthy and economically secure families to help fuel a strong, thriving economy.
“The PFA would play a critical role in our nation’s economic recovery,” said Linda Meric, national executive director of 9to5. “Every cent counts in these tough economic times, when more women are primary family breadwinners or co-breadwinners than ever before. Wage discrimination must end.”
One of the many ways 9to5 is celebrating its 40th milestone is the launch of its new brand and website this year. 9to5.org got a total redesign — it’s more than a makeover, it’s a major improvement in functionality that makes the site easier to use.
On January 1, 2013, Colorado’s full minimum wage and tipped minimum wage will each increase by 14 cents to $7.78per hour and $4.76 per hour, respectively, benefiting an estimated 66,000 low-wage workers in the state and boost consumer spending by $11 million.
9to5 joins protesters to demand that Walmart workers get treated with respect and dignity and get paid a decent living wage.
A day after the Census Bureau reported that family income is the lowest in 16 years, a new report provides a roadmap to increase wages and benefits for strapped working and middle-class families.
On August 26, 2012, in celebration of Women’s Equality Day, 9to5 members and activists in 18 cities across the country will register voters and encourage them to call on their candidates to support earned sick days.
9to5 is organizing people across the country to protest the pay gap that is shortchanging women an average of $10,000 annually; the equivalent of 88 weeks of groceries or 13 months of rent.
With millions of families struggling with unemployment, reduced incomes, foreclosures and bankruptcies, the Ryan budget will have a crippling affect on their ability to rebound from the economic crisis.