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Building Momentum to #RaiseTheWage

Posted by Agata Pelka, Fellow | Posted on: October 10, 2014 at 08:54 am

An article in Forbes yesterday pointed out that employers paying their employees the minimum wage are sending them a loud statement that “It’s not legally possible for me to value your work any less than I already do.” The article argues that’s a poor business practice, ensuring low morale and high turn-over. But it also raises a broader issue: what kind of message is Congress sending those employees?

A woman working full time, year round at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour earns just $14,500—more than $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three. Congress has allowed these employees’ wages to decrease every year since the current level went into effect in 2009 by neglecting to tie the minimum wage to inflation, and it has yet to heed the President’s call to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Fortunately, states and cities across the country aren’t waiting for Congress to act.

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Closing the Wage Gap, for Everyone

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: October 09, 2014 at 01:43 pm

We’re listening. It’s important to us that our work includes all women. Here’s a statement from NWLC Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger on the Equal Payback Project.

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On Heartbreak and Butter Cake: A Dispatch from St. Louis

Genius organizer Ai-Jen Poo often talks about how home care workers and other domestic workers are the invisible workforce – performing life-sustaining work for low wages and no benefits day in and day out. But this week in St. Louis at the Home Care Workers Rising conference home care workers made their dreams and their struggles highly visible. They came together from across the country to hammer out plans for a better future for themselves, their children, and the consumers for whom they provide care.

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Latinas Deserve Fair Pay. It’s (Past) Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

Posted by Julie Vogtman, Senior Counsel | Posted on: October 08, 2014 at 09:09 am

October 8, 2014 is Latina Equal Pay Day and Matt Damon’s 44th birthday. Unfortunately, only one of those is an occasion for anyone to celebrate.

Last year, Latinas typically were paid just 56 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. That’s why today, more than 10 months into 2014, we’re marking the day when Latinas have finally been paid the same amount that white, non-Hispanic men were typically paid in 2013 alone. You read that right: it takes more than 21 months for Latinas to make what white, non-Hispanic men made in 12.

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8 Things You Could Buy a Lot of With an Extra $5,700

Posted by Amanda Hooper, Outreach Manager | Posted on: October 08, 2014 at 08:49 am

For millions of workers, raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour could boost annual full-time earnings by $5,700.  That’s enough to pull a family of three out of poverty—but for additional help visualizing what $5,700 looks like, here are 8 things you could splurge on with an extra $5,700 a year. 

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A Long Hard Look in the Mirror: the Wage Gap for Latinas

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: October 07, 2014 at 10:50 am

New NWLC analysis shows that in 2013, Latinas typically made only 56 percent of what white, non-Hispanic men earned. That’s 56 cents for every dollar, amounting to an annual difference of $23,279. So, on December 31, 2013, while white, non-Hispanic men who worked full time, year round were typically paid $53,488 for the year, Latinas were typically paid just $30,209. Today, more than 10 months into 2014, we’re marking the day when Latinas have finally been paid the same amount that white, non-Hispanic men were typically paid in 2013 alone. That’s right; it takes over 21 months for Latinas to earn what white, non-Hispanic men earn in 12. 21 months versus 12 – that’s not a very pretty reflection.

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Decision Not to Take Up Cases Allows Marriage Equality to Stand in States Across the Country

Posted by | Posted on: October 06, 2014 at 01:25 pm

This morning, the Court denied review in all seven of the cases it had been asked to take up involving state bans on marriage between same-sex couples. This means that the lower-court decisions striking down marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin are final and will go into effect immediately. These decisions also are good news for same-sex couples seeking to marry in Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming, as district courts in these states are bound by the Fourth,Seventh and Tenth Circuit court decisions that were presented for Supreme Court review. As a result, same-sex couples will be able to get married in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

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It’s Time to Stop Talking about the ‘Mancession’: September’s Employment Update Shows Higher Unemployment for Women than Men

Posted by Alana Eichner, Program Assistant | Posted on: October 03, 2014 at 02:48 pm

What day is it today? It’s October 3rd, and for many that means the unofficial celebration of Mean Girls Day, and the fond recalling of that famous date spoken between the protagonists in 2004’s Mean Girls. But if you can believe it, today is significant for us at NWLC for a different reason—today is the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ September jobs numbers, and this month the numbers reveal that the recovery needs to pick up steam for women and men.

In September 2014, adult women’s unemployment was above the rate for men, 5.5 percent for women compared to 5.3 percent for men. Women’s and men’s unemployment rates have been moving closer together for some time, but this is the first time the unemployment rate for women has been above that of men since December 2012. 

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