[Washington, D.C.] – Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the national leading organization for Latino working families, is raising awareness about the staggering pay gap that Latinas face in the workplace, along with nearly one hundred women’s rights groups, Latino advocacy organizations, members of the labor movement and workers’ rights advocates. Newly updated U.S. Census data shows that Latinas are paid just 54 cents to the dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic male workers. The Latina equal pay gap directly harms hard-working Latinas, and affects their family members and the entire Latino community. The coalition assembled for this day of action is collectively seeking to raise awareness and demand change to close the Latina gender pay gap.
LCLAA created its Trabajadoras (Latina Workers) Campaign in 2012 to lift up Latina workers and increase awareness around unlawful workplace conditions and the impact of the wage gap. Since that time it has published a substantive report on these issues, created educational tools and worked with its membership to organize and empower Latinas in the community.
“The fight for Latina equal pay and improved working conditions are issues that LCLAA has consistently focused on since launching the Trabajadoras Campaign,” said Mónica Ramírez, Director of Gender Equality and Trabajadoras’ Empowerment for LCLAA. “We are determined to significantly increase awareness about the wage gap and to continue to advocate for fairness and equity for Latina workers. LCLAA is proud to have led these efforts and we are grateful that so many organizations, advocates and community members are joining together for this cause.”
As an anchor organization for the National Latina Pay Day of Action, LCLAA helped to lead the entire campaign, including launching a new website which contains a supporter pledge and other action tools, along with spearheading the development of a comprehensive toolkit on the Latina wage gap. The day of action includes a national Twitter storm at 2:00pm EST and a Twitter Town Hall at 4:00pm. LCLAA will also hold a phone bank from 4:30 to 6:30pm and a community forum on equal pay this evening from 6:30-8:00pm at South Florida AFL-CIO 4349 NW 36th Street Miami Springs, Florida. Among the speakers are AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and UFCW Secretary-Treasurer Esther Lopez. The goal of this event is to make this issue a national priority and mobilize women and their allies in the fight for Latina Equal Pay.
“Latina workers, trabajadoras, earn an average 54 cents for every dollar earned by a white man. As frequent leaders in their communities and breadwinners for their families, Latinas deserve more,” said Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer. “The AFL-CIO stands with trabajadoras in their effort to break down the barriers to pay equity. We will not thrive unless Latina workers do, too.”
In anticipation of this day of action, LCLAA jointly released a new fact sheet on equal pay for Latina workers with the National Women’s Law Center. The factsheet highlights in further detail statistics that point to the Latina equal pay gap, focusing on issues such the impact of education on the pay gap and the reality of immigrant workers.
“Latina workers are among the most oppressed workers in our nation, especially immigrant women,” said Hector Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA. “The lack of equal treatment for Latina workers is unacceptable and we must continue to actively fight for change. We are pleased with the level of participation in this year’s Latina Equal Pay Day efforts. Our actions will not stop here. We will continue to fight the challenges ahead as we seek equal pay for Latina workers.”
Additional campaign partners include:
AFL-CIO, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Equal Pay Today!, National Women’s Law Center, MALDEF, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, American Association of University Women, American Federation of Teachers, Be Visible, Casa de Esperanza, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Equal Rights Advocates, Farmworker Justice, Hispanic Federation, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers , Labor Project for Working Families, Latina Circle, Latino Decisions, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Latinos United for Secure Retirement, League of United Latin American Citizens, Lideres Campesinas, Make it Work, Make it Work Action!, MANA, Moms Rising, Mamás con Poder, National Association of Hispanic Publications, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Council of La Raza, National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts, National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives, National Education Association, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Partnership for Women and Families, Presente, ROC, SAG-AFTRA, SER- Jobs for Progress National Inc., UFCW, United State of Women, United Steel Workers Local 675,Voto Latino, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), National Partnership for Women & Families, IAMAW, Friends of Farmworkers, Inc., The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, A Better Balance, Institute for Science and Human Values, UltraViolet, Center for Popular Democracy, National Council of Jewish Women, Catalyst, Atlanta Women for Equality, ACLU, American Women, State Innovation Exchange, PowHer New York, Women Employed, CA Women’s Law Center, Legal Voice, Progressive Congress, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, NC Justice Center, Working America, Rural Coalition, UAW Women’s Department, People’s Action/People’s Action Institute, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Raise Up Washington, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Metro-Detroit CLUW Chapter, Young People For, Caring Across Generations, National LGBTQ Task Force, Toledo Federation of Teachers, 9to5, National Association of Working Women, Transport Workers Union, Women’s Law Project, Feminist Majority, AFSCME, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Mi Familia Vota, People For the American Way, Dialogue on Diversity, AFSCME 3299, United Farmworkers of America, Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations, The Women’s Funding Network, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement , ERA Coalition, National Organization for Women, The Florida Latina Advocacy Network, South Florida AFL-CIO, South Florida LCLAA, Miami Workers Center and UTD-AFT.
More information about the campaign is available at LatinaEqualPay.org.
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.