Equal Pay WEEK continues!

Posted by on April 8, 2014 at 18:25 pm

Check out our round-up of EPD activities, pictures, articles, and some fun
What a day! Activity all over NYS (rallies, UnHappy Hours, Proclamations!)…the web (Tweets, Posts, Blogs!)…the wires(Calls to Legislators!) and more!
Please send…
PICTURES & PROCLAMATIONS (scans or photos)to: equalpayny@gmail.com
LINKS TO ARTICLES & LETTERS TO THE EDITOR to: jean@nownyc.org
Rest tonight because we have more work tomorrow. We need to thank all the great elected officials for their support, make calls, send pictures of your event to your local papers…maximize all the great work today.

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EQUAL PAY DAY 2014 – Albany to Watertown!

Posted by on April 7, 2014 at 17:08 pm

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Pres. Obama to Sign Executive Order on Equal Pay!

Posted by on April 6, 2014 at 08:59 am

JIM KUHNHENN – April 6, 2014, 7:46 AM EDT62
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lacking congressional backing to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors, following a long-established tradition of presidents exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy directly under their control.

This week, the president will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The prohibition on the wage “gag rules” is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That legislation is scheduled for a vote this week, though it is not likely to pass.

In addition, Obama on Tuesday will direct the Labor Department to adopt regulations requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race. The president will sign the executive order and the presidential memo during an event at the White House where he will be joined Lilly Ledbetter, whose name appears on a pay discrimination law Obama signed in 2009. Read More

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EQUAL PAY DAY ACTIVITIES ACROSS NEW YORK!

Posted by on April 2, 2014 at 18:24 pm

cHECK MOST RECENT POSTS FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES: Across New York State leaders, organizations and advocates are raising their voices on April 8th – Equal Pay Day – calling for a change in pay equity laws. Join this outcry for action and be one of the citizens…voters…workers who send a clear message to our elected officials: New Yorkers don’t want to wait another year for stronger equal pay protections!

Here are some of the great activities planned around New York State. Check out what’s happening in your area and get involved! EQUAL PAY DAY ACTION ALERT

Albany: Proclamation, Dinner – haigner@nycap.rr.com
Buffalo: Press Conference – pollardk@aauw.org
Cortland: EPD Coffee Shop Discount – pollardk@aauw.org Read More

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NYS EQUAL PAY DAY- APRIL 8, 2014 – ACTION ALERT

Posted by on March 31, 2014 at 16:30 pm

Join advocates across New York! Call for action to close the wage gap now! WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

APRIL 8 – NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY – is the day in 2014 when women’s salaries catch up to men’s earnings from 2013. That’s right – over fifteen months work for one year’s pay!

The Equal Pay Coalition NYC, in coordination with the Women’s Equality Coalition, is leading a statewide campaign to push for action on equal pay this year. We need your help to send a loud, clear message:
New Yorkers do not want to wait another year for stronger equal pay protections!

ELECTED OFFICIALS across New York are proclaiming April 8th Equal Pay Day and holding press conferences to demonstrate support for policies that support women’s economic success.
ADVOCATES are writing letters to the editor, holding events, and contacting their State Senators urging passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda www.nywomensequality.org which has strong equal pay provisions.

YOU can help get out the message on April 8!
➢ Call your Senator Today – Message and links below.
➢ Join our Twitter Storm – samples below
➢ Find an event in your area at www.equalpaynewyork.org
….And, Remember to wear RED…because women are still in the RED! Read More

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Equal Pay Day 2014 – April 8th

Posted by on March 24, 2014 at 14:27 pm

April 8, 2014 is fast approaching. Why is this important? It is recognized nationally as Equal Pay Day – the day in 2014 when women’s salaries catch up to men’s earnings from 2013. This year the Equal Pay Coalition NYC is leading a statewide campaign to help further awareness and pursue actions to create economic equity for New York families and workers.

Elected officials across New York will be proclaiming April 8th Equal Pay Day and holding press conferences to demonstrate support for policies that support women’s economic success. Advocates will be writing letters to the editor, holding events, and calling their state legislators urging passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda which has strong equal pay provisions. Email us to participate and stay tuned for the Call to Action! equalpay@equalpaynewyork.org

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Posted by on January 29, 2014 at 18:57 pm

On 5th Anniversary of Ledbetter Act, NY Equal Pay Coalition Calls on President Obama, Albany and Washington for ‘Day of Action’ to End Wage Discrimination

January 29, 2014 – With much fanfare, on Jan. 29, 2009 the newly elected President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, noting its significance at his first bill signing ceremony and vowing to do more to close the wage gap. The Act reversed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-­-4 decision in Ledbetter vs. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and restored the original interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving workers a reasonable amount of time to file wage discrimination cases.

It’s a classic American story: Lilly, a working woman from Possum Trot, Alabama, courageously stood up to Goodyear Tire and the U.S. Supreme Court and eventually won. But Lilly herself has stated publicly that while our civil rights were restored with the passage of the Ledbetter Act – we were right back where we started – no closer to wage equity.

Little has changed, despite the enormous public support for stronger laws to combat wage discrimination evidenced last night at the State of the Union. Almost five years to the day, outlining a “Year of Action”, President Obama highlighted equal pay for equal work as unfinished business, to sustained, enthusiastic applause.

“One major step toward wage equality requires only ‘a day of action,’ stated Beverly Neufeld, spokesperson for the Equal Pay Coalition NYC. “Powerful legislation to protect workers seeking equal pay for equal work from retaliation awaits a vote in both Congress and the NYS legislature. And, President Obama can inspire legislative courage by including this provision in the federal contractor’s Executive Order he announced at the State of the Union.” Read More

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Join TeleTown Hall on Women’s Equality

Posted by on January 29, 2014 at 18:54 pm

On January 29th, the Equal Pay Coalition NYC, our allies, and champions in Congress invite you to join an unprecedented national conversation moderated by Cynthia Nixon o(Sex in the City) about the changes that will advance income equality and economic security for women and families in America.

WHAT: Let’s Talk About It: Advancing women and families in 2014
A National Tele-Townhall Event on fair pay, paid leave, and access to child care

WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – 8:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: From the comfort of your own phone. You will be called to connect to the event.

RSVP FOR THE CALL NOW: http://bit.ly/LYGKkf Read More

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NYS Assembly Passes WEA

Posted by on January 29, 2014 at 18:51 pm

January 27, 2014 – The New York Women’s Equality coalition is pleased that our legislature has taken the first step in making the Women’s Equality Agenda a reality in New York this year, and we applaud the Assembly Democrats, Speaker Silver, and all those members who voted yes today, for putting women’s equality at the top of their 2014 agenda. Today, the New York State Assembly built on its longstanding commitment to New York’s women and girls by passing the full Women’s Equality Agenda, first introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo. By moving swiftly to prioritize the package of legislation, which was proposed last year and did not become law, the Assembly has made it crystal clear that women’s lives are a priority. Read More

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Gov. Cuomo: Pass Women’s Equality Agenda in 2014

Posted by on January 10, 2014 at 16:55 pm

On January 8, Governor Andrew Cuomo reaffirmed his commitment to push the Women’s Equality Agenda in his State of the State address to a cheering crowd. This groundbreaking legislative package, first introduced last January, stalled in 2013. The Governor’s announcement will jump start its progress in the coming session. Watch speech

“Governor Cuomo’s continued leadership on the Women’s Equality Agenda is a critical step to end persistent wage discrimination. Ensuring equal pay is an economic imperative for New York’s 10 million women and their families and will fuel our state’s economic engine. It’s a win for all,” said Beverly Neufeld, spokesperson for the Equal Pay Coalition NYC.

The Equal Pay Coalition NYC is proud to be a Steering Committee member of the Women’s Equality Coalition, 860 women’s groups, businesses, religious organizations, medical groups, and advocacy organizations from across the state, united in its efforts to mobilize New Yorkers and push legislators to get the job done this time around. The measures of the Women’s Equality Agenda reflect the complexity of women’s lives — securing equal pay, access to reproductive health, and freedom from discrimination and violence are all essential to women’s equality. New York State needs to update and strengthen its laws to reflect the reality of women’s lives today.

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