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Gender Wage Gap For Union Members Is 40 Percent Smaller Than For Non-Union Workers, NWLC Analysis Shows

January 23, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  The gender wage gap among union members is 40 percent smaller than for non-union workers, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

House Fails to Garner Support for Harmful Abortion Ban, Instead Passes Dangerous and Misleading Abortion Restriction that Threatens Women's Health

January 22, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 7 (H.R. 7), which seeks to take insurance coverage of abortion away from women. The bill replaced H.R 36, which would have banned abortion nationwide at 20 weeks without a health exception, only a narrow life exception and a cruel sexual assault exception. House Leadership dropped H.R. 36 after members objected to the sexual assault exception, which would have required rape survivors to file a report.

H.R. 7 is a dangerous and misleading bill that has one goal — eliminating abortion coverage in all of the insurance markets.

NWLC Calls on Congress to Act on State of the Union Proposals

January 20, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) President Obama has outlined several initiatives in advance of this evening’s State of the Union speech that will increase economic security for women and their families and boost the overall economy.

The President’s initiatives would make two years of community college tuition-free, helping students and workers prepare for better-paying jobs; give workers the right to earn paid sick days; expand tax credits for middle- and lower-income families, and expand access to paid family and medical leave. They would also make high-quality child care and early education more accessible and affordable by increasing investments in child care and prekindergarten and expanding the child care tax credit.

NWLC Applauds the President’s Initiative to Provide Paid Sick Days and Family and Medical Leave to Workers

January 14, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) This evening, the White House announced steps it will take toward ensuring that all workers have the right to earn paid time off for family and medical leave to care for their families. It will call on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days, and call on cities and states to pass similar laws. It also announced new funding to help states create their own paid leave programs and plans to increase the paid sick days and leave benefits available to federal employees.

NWLC Decries Federal District Court Decision Denying Basic Labor Protections for Home Care Workers

January 14, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) This afternoon, Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling in Home Care Association of America v. Weil vacating a central provision of a new Department of Labor regulation extending Fair Labor Standards Act protections to nearly two million home care workers. 

Women Gain 44 Percent of New Jobs in 2014, Over One-Third in Low-Wage Sectors, NWLC Analysis Shows

January 9, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Women gained 44 percent of all jobs added in 2014—but more than one-third of women’s gains were concentrated in low-wage sectors, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“Women and men shared in 2014’s strong job growth and unemployment rates declined across the board,” said Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security.  “But average wages were stagnant—and despite more diversified job growth last year, a disproportionate share of the jobs created for women and men were in low-wage sectors that don’t pay enough for families to survive. Higher minimum wages that took effect in 20 states in January should help—but much more needs to be done to raise wages for working women and men.”

Peace Corps Volunteers Gain Long-Awaited Equity In Spending Bill

December 18, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Peace Corps Volunteers will finally have abortion coverage in the most dire circumstances, remedying a long-standing inequity. Until now, Peace Corps Volunteers were treated differently than others who rely on the federal government for health care because they were denied coverage for abortion in all instances, including in the cases of rape, incest or life of the woman.

Women Gain One-Third of New Jobs, NWLC Analysis Shows

December 5, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Women accounted for one-third of new jobs in November, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“Today’s strong job growth is good news for women and men. But this pace must be sustained to create opportunities for the many workers still on the sidelines or able to find only part-time jobs,” said Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security.  “A quarter of the jobs created last month were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality—and these jobs simply don’t pay enough to survive.  Women are a large majority of workers in low-wage jobs.  Raising the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage would help them and their families make ends meet.”

DOD Report Shows Continued High Numbers of Sexual Assault Survivors and Continued Retaliation Against Them, Reinforcing Need For Military Justice Improvement Act, Says NWLC

December 4, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Department of Defense released a report estimating that 19,000 service members experienced sexual assault in the last year—a decrease from 26,000 in 2012, the last time service members were surveyed. The number of reported assaults increased by 8% from 2013, but the percentage of these reports that were unrestricted decreased from 2013. Of women who experienced an assault and reported it, 62% said they faced retaliation.

NWLC Applauds Confirmation of Charlotte Burrows and David Lopez to the EEOC

December 3, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) The United States Senate today confirmed Charlotte Burrows and David Lopez to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Burrows, who is currently an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, will serve as a Commissioner. Lopez will continue in his position as General Counsel to the EEOC, which he has held since 2010.