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MomsRising Marks Latina Equal Pay Day

 Group Calls For Immediate Action to Close the Wage Gap for Latinas

Today, November 2, is Latina Equal Pay Day – a day marking how far into 2017 Latinas in the United States must work to earn as much as a white man earned in 2016 alone. Women of color and moms are hit hardest by the wage gap, with Latinas making 54 cents for every dollar paid to a white man and Latina mothers making just 46 cents for every dollar paid to white fathers.

MomsRising, a national organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families, argue that this incredibly large pay gap, the highest in the nation, hurts women, families and our national economy, and aims to use Latina Equal Pay Day to highlight the urgent need for action to close the wage gap for Latinas.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising.org, issued the following statement commemorating Latina Equal Pay Day:

“You may have heard the stat that, despite the fact that women make up half the workforce and earn more college degrees than men, women on average still only earn 80 cents on the dollar. But the fact is that stat only tells part of the story. The wage gap for mothers and women of color is much worse. In fact the average Latina earns only 54 cents on the dollar compared to white men and Latina moms earn just 45 cents on the dollar compared to white dads. As we mark Latina Equal Pay Day today, it is critical that we recognize the dangerous pay gap between Latina workers and their white male counterparts.

“Across industries, Latina women and mothers are being left in the dust by a system that ensures they have to spend decades doing the same quality of work longer than a white, non-Hispanic man in order to catch up to an equal paycheck.

“It is time for the United States to face the facts that have been proven time and time again: when mothers and women of color do better in the workforce, the entire nation does better. We cannot sit back and watch as an extreme pay gap holds back both Latinas and their families and our national economy too. Right now, Latinas’ earnings just aren’t cutting it. The ability to take care of our families is something that each and every American deserves.”

“The good news is that solutions are possible. We can close the wage gap. Studies show that passing family economic security policies — like paid family and medical leave, affordable childcare, paid sick days, and a living wage — all help lower the wage gap. In addition, pay transparency and non-discrimination policies help close the wage gap too. Momentum is growing for these policies and together we can raise all boats. We will soon have a new President and Congress and they MUST work together to close the wage gap and ensure that we are no longer forced to mark another “Equal Pay Day” again.”

In commemoration of Latina Equal Pay Day, MomsRising’s more than 1 million members in the US will take part in actions on Twitter and social media calling attention to the pay gap and urging immediate action to ensure that Latinas receive equal pay for equal work.  Follow the actions on Twitter with the hashtag #LatinaEqualPay.

Women’s Groups Are Outraged Over Roll Back Of Obama-Era Equal Pay Data Collection Rule

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Women’s Group Slams Ivanka Trump and Trump Administration for Stay of Obama-Era Equal Pay Data Collection Rule

Yesterday, the White House announced a “review and immediate stay” of an Obama-era rule that would have required businesses to collect data on how much they pay their workers based on race, gender, and ethnicity. Companies would have been required to report this pay data to the Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) beginning 2018.

Jenny Yang, was chairwoman of the EEOC said when the rules were drafted. At a press conference in June she praised the data collection by saying, “Having pay data in summary form will also help us identify patterns that may warrant further investigation.”

In a statement, Ivanka Trump, who regularly claims to advocate for policies that advance equal pay for women, said that she supports her father’s policy change.

In reaction to the news, Nita Chaudhary, Co-founder of UltraViolet issued the following statement:

“The Trump administration’s announcement that it has stayed the equal pay data collection rule makes it abundantly clear that white supremacy and sexism are  alive and well in the White House. Equal pay for women and people of color  should be a non-controversial issue, and yet the Trump administration is dead-set on taking away our basic protections. Women lose over $400,000 throughout their lifetime because of the gender pay gap, and that number is more than double for women of color.

“The Trump administration’s announcement is a setback for equality and will worsen this country’s pay gap. The very purpose of pay data collection is to ensure against wage discrimination targeting women and people of color. This administration is either too incompetent to understand this or is deliberately trying to sabotage women and people of color’s right to equal pay for equal work. Let’s call this  policy change for what it is—a thinly-veiled attempt to give corporations license to discriminate against their employees.

“We wonder how much moral integrity Ivanka Trump has left. By backing her father’s policy change, she has revealed the emptiness of her claim as a champion for working women. From exploiting poor women who make her brand’s products abroad in sweatshop conditions, to uplifting her father’s anti-woman policies, Ivanka has shown her true colors as a farcical ‘ally’ for working women.”

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO and executive director of MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground organization of more than one million mothers and their families blasted Trumps roll back of fair pay regulations.

“Last night, in another shameful action, the Trump administration halted an initiative designed to advance fair pay for women and workers of color. The pay data the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was about to begin collecting was designed to help uncover discrimination by requiring employers to collect and report wages by job category, sex, race and ethnicity. Ending this data collection is an assault on fair pay and will undercut efforts to close the wage gap and advance women and minorities in the workplace.

“Even though it has been more than 50 years since the Equal Pay Act became law, women are only paid, on average, 80 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Mothers face an even greater wage gap of 71 cents for every dollar paid to fathers, and the gap for moms of color and single moms is even more punishing. The administration’s action will undermine efforts to close the wages gap, denying relief to tens of millions of women, many of whom are the sole breadwinners for their families. It also will perpetuate the damage the wage gap causes to our economy.

“The Office of Management and Budget’s claim that this change is meant only to ease the burden on employers and will not impede efforts to boost equal pay is insulting. This commonsense rule resulted from a years-long effort to bolster economic opportunity for women and people of color. We call on the Trump administration to reverse this decision, support the Paycheck Fairness Act, and commit to ending the wage gap once and for all.”

America’s Moms to Presidential Candidates: “Don’t Remain ‘AnonyMoose’ on Policies that Boost Families and Businesses”

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New Hampshire Moms Deliver Chocolate “Moose Pops” to Presidential Front-Runners with Petition Urging Them to Discuss Family Economic Security Policies

A group of New Hampshire moms today joined MomsRising Executive Director and CEO Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner to encourage the Republican and Democratic Presidential Front-Runners to talk about their stands on policies such as paycheck fairness, access to paid family and medical leave, and quality early childhood education,  issues that will boost the nation’s families, businesses and the economy. The letter to the front-runners, which included more than 18,000 signatures, came with a surprising attachment: chocolate “moose pops.”  

“America’s families need a president who will fight for policies that boost our families, our businesses, and our economy. It’s time to put the concerns of women and working families front and center,” said Rowe-Finkbeiner. “We need to know where the candidates stand on top priority policies that help working families, so we are taking the question right to them and asking the presidential frontrunners – Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump – not to be ‘anonymoose’ about their positions on policies that will boost our nation’s families and are also proven to boost businesses and the economy.”

MomsRising members delivered the letter with thousands of signatures, moose pops and a book of stories illustrating the importance of family friendly policies to the New Hampshire campaign offices of all four frontrunners.

In between the deliveries, Rowe-Finkbeiner spoke at the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation annual lunch, “Changing Workplaces: Why Family-Friendly Policies Matter” in Manchester. Her remarks addressed the need for policies that boost families, businesses, and our economy like paid family leave insurance, and pay equity for women.

Earlier this month, MomsRising members, along with members of the Every Child Matters Fund, delivered popcorn with messages urging the 2016 presidential candidates to participate in a forum on child and family issues to the front runners’ Iowa campaign offices.

MomsRising is also tracking all presidential candidates’ debate remarks for references to the policies that affect families, using a MomsRising Clue Detective Card that lists the organization’s top policy areas, including healthcare, gun safety, fair pay, childcare, racial equity and justice, and paid family leave. Moms, dads, kids and others around the country have been watching the debates, scoring the candidates and sharing their scores and opinions on social media.

Granite State Rumblings: Strong Bi-Partisan Support For Early Childhood Education Programs

The Presidential candidates are roaming the hills, to the valleys, to the seacoast of New Hampshire. They are being asked a lot of questions on their stances on everything from Social Security and Medicare to climate change. But the one issue that I seldom hear asked of them on the campaign trail is their stance on early childhood education.

And yet, a new bipartisan poll released last week by the First Five Years Fund finds that 76 percent of voters express support for a proposal that would provide 10 billion federal dollars per year for 10 years in state grants to provide low- and middle-income four-year-olds with access to high quality pre-K programs.

As Aaron Lowenberg writes for New America EdCentral, “At a time when partisan polarization seems to have reached a fever pitch, what’s surprising about the poll results is just how bipartisan the support for investment in early education seems to be. The 76 percent of poll respondents who express support for increased federal investment in early childhood education include 59 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of Independents, and 94 percent of Democrats. Majorities of every partisan persuasion also express support for making early education and child care more affordable, helping states and local communities build better pre-K services, improving early learning programs for infants and toddlers, and providing home visiting and parent education programs to first-time parents.”

He goes on to write:

More than two-thirds of voters express the belief that children currently enter kindergarten lacking the skills and knowledge needed for success. And despite the current climate of fiscal austerity, 74 percent of poll respondents express support for increased early childhood investment even if it increases the deficit in the short-term but pays for itself in the long-term. Multiple studies have shown that this is completely plausible because the return on investment for early childhood education is so high: the programs pay for themselves in the long run by improving children’s education, health, and economic situations so that less government spending is needed later.

A few other findings stand out from the poll results that should grab the attention of candidates running for public office. Fifty-four percent of voters report that they would feel more favorable towards a candidate who supports increased federal investment in early childhood education as opposed to only six percent of voters who would think less favorably of a candidate who supports such investment. Finally, a majority of the most critical swing voter groups report feeling more favorable towards candidates who back increased investment in early education, including Hispanics, Millennials, moderates, and Independent women.

This new poll makes clear there is widespread, bipartisan support for increased investment in high-quality early childhood programs.  At a time when many presidential candidates are struggling to build a winning coalition, candidates would be wise to start talking more about one issue that Americans can agree on regardless of party: the importance of early childhood education.

gsroctober15Here are the key points from the poll:

  • Voters say children getting a strong start in school and education are the best ways to strengthen the middle class.
  • There is continued support for investments in enabling states and communities to provide early childhood education opportunities. Support is evident across the partisan spectrum.
  • In fact, voters would prioritize early childhood education over college.
  • Majority is favorably impressed by a presidential candidate who supports such an approach on early childhood education.

It is clear that voters understand the value of early childhood education and want to see the federal government invest in programs at the state and local levels. Will you help us deliver this message to the Presidential candidates?

We’ll tell you how below.

Growing Up Granite

We Know You Support Kids –
Help Us Hear How the Presidential Candidates will Support Kids

Each Presidential Candidate has been invited to a Candidate Forum at UNH to answer questions related to children, youth and families.

What:  Single Candidate Forums on Children, Youth and Families

Hosts:  Every Child Matters in New Hampshire, MomsRising, and The Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire

When:  November and December – dates to be determined

Where:  University of NH, Durham, NH

Each candidate will be encouraged to spend time talking about their plans to ensure every child has the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe, and well educated; and their policies that will support a family friendly workplace and economy.

Here’s What We Need You to Do!!

Tweet the candidates and ask them to participate in an ECMNH/MomsRising/UNH Candidate Forum.

Sample Tweets:

.@marcorubio We want you at an @ECMNH @MomsRising forum on child & family issues in NH http://bit.ly/1GpPaf5 #VoteKids #MomsVote                 (CLICK HERE TO TWEET)

.@hillaryclinton We need your voice on kids & families in an @ECMNH @MomsRising forum in NH http://bit.ly/1GpPaf5 #VoteKids #MomsVote                 (CLICK HERE TO TWEET)

.@martinomalley NH wants to hear your policies on kids & families at an @ECMNH @MomsRising forum http://bit.ly/1GpPaf5 #VoteKids #MomsVote                (CLICK HERE TO TWEET)

.@jebbush Granite Staters want you at an @ECMNH @MomsRising forum on kids & families in NH http://bit.ly/1GpPaf5 #VoteKids #MomsVote                (CLICK HERE TO TWEET)

Candidate Twitter handles:

Hillary Clinton — @hillaryclinton
Martin OMalley — @martinomalley
Bernie Sanders — @berniesanders
Jeb Bush — @jebbush
Ben Carson — @realbencarson
Chris Christie — @chrischristie
Ted Cruz — @tedcruz
Carly Fiorina — @carlyfiorina
Lindsey Graham — @grahamblog
Mike Huckabee — @govmikehuckabee
Bobby Jindal — @bobbyjindal
John Kasich — @johnkasich
George Pataki — @governorpataki
Rand Paul — @randpaul
Marco Rubio — @marcorubio
Rick Santorum — @ricksantorum
Donald Trump — @realdonaldtrump

Please help us to get the candidates talking about the issues that affect children, youth, and families by inviting them to participate in a forum. We’ll be sure to let you know the minute we get a response.

Moms Group Praises President Obama’s Labor Day Expansion of Paid Sick Days to Federal Contractors

MomsRising Backs President Obama Urging Congress to
Pass the Healthy Families Act and the FAMILY Act
 

Earlier today, President Obama in a Labor Day address announced a new executive order expanding paid sick leave to all employees who are working on federal government contracts. The action makes all federal contract workers eligible to earn 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to 7 days.  In the speech, President Obama also announced his support for the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would guarantee paid sick leave to all U.S. workers; and of the the FAMILY Act, legislation that would establish an insurance program that would provide workers—including those who are self-employed and/or work part time—with much-needed income while they, or a family member, deal with the arrival of a new baby or a serious health issue. 

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRIsing.org, an organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families issued the following statement, praising President Obama’s announcement and urging Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act and FAMILY Act: 

“Moms and their families across the country welcome President Obama’s expansion of earned paid sick days to all federal contract workers.  Advancing earned paid sick days, as well as family leave insurance, boosts our nation’s families and our nation’s economy.  Our over million members wholeheartedly support these two policies and have been raising their voices, sending letters to leaders, attending meetings, sharing their stories with the media, and much more at the city, county, state and federal levels to advance these critically important policies.

Plain and simple – no one should ever have to choose between going to work sick and risk infecting coworkers and customers or staying home and losing an invaluable day’s pay.  And no one should have to go back to work immediately after a new baby arrives or when facing a catastrophic health issue.  

American families just can’t afford it. American businesses and our economy can’t afford it either.

It is now up to Congress to take the next step and expand earned paid time off to all American workers.  Our public policies are not caught up with what modern working families and our modern economy need to thrive.  Women are now 50% of the labor force, and 40% of primary breadwinners are moms, but our family economic security policies are stuck in the stone ages.

For instance, despite the fact that over 160 countries guarantee a minimum number of earned sick days, right now, nearly 40% of private sector workers, and more than 80% of low-wage workers, in the US don’t have the ability to earn a single paid sick day – costing the economy nearly $160 billion in lost revenue and productivity.

Further, it is a national embarrassment that over 177 countries provide some form of paid family leave insurance to new parents and that the US isn’t one of them.  Even though the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed more than two decade ago, only 13% of American workers are able to access paid family leave when a new baby arrives.

President Obama’s Labor Day announcement for working families, including his public support for the Healthy Families Act (earned sick days) and the FAMILY Act (paid family leave insurance) are important steps in helping to improve family economic security in the US, while at the same time strengthening our businesses and our economy.

We thank and salute President Obama for his commitment to helping our families and our economy be healthy and strong and recognizing the needs of the American workforce this Labor Day. Moms and their families around the country back President Obama’s call for Congress to pass these crucial laws now, and we call on every single person running to be President of the United States to support earned paid sick days and a national paid family leave insurance policy.

 

MomsRising.org is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others.  MomsRising also advocates for better childhood nutrition, health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2013, Forbes.com named MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth ye

MomsRising Praises Bipartisan Support for Ending Pregnancy Discrimination

momsrising_picture_large-01WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier today, MomsRising members delivered “Thank You Cards” and personal stories from pregnant workers packaged in nautical tote bags to members of Congress who are co-sponsoring and backing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; as well as messages to those NOT already supporting the bill urging them to “get on board!” to anchoring families’ economic security by co-sponsoring the Act. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would require employers to make the same sort of accommodations for pregnant workers with medical needs that are already made for employees with disabilities, would help keep families and our economy afloat. This Act has garnered bipartisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate.  However, at the same time, some in Congress recently introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which was drafted in response to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, and would allow employers to fire unmarried women just for being pregnant. The First Amendment Defense Act would override the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, but the message from moms and families across the nation is clear: We can’t leave pregnant workers stranded without a paycheck at the moment they need it most.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising, issued the following statement, calling on members of Congress to back the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and permanently end discrimination against pregnant workers and expecting mothers:

“More than 35 years after the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, women now make up almost half of the labor force and yet are still experiencing tremendous discrimination on the job when they become pregnant. This is an issue that impacts most women and working families because more than 80% of women do have children by the time they are forty-four years old. Further moms are now the primary breadwinner in 40% of all families. Yet right now far too many pregnant workers have to navigate rough waters when it comes to getting reasonable, medically-needed accommodations–like extra water breaks–at work. This isn’t right and it’s not fair.

Pregnancy discrimination has dire consequences for a family’s economic security because it leaves pregnant workers without a paycheck at the moment they need it most. Women of color and immigrant women are especially impacted by employers refusing to accommodate pregnant workers with medical needs.

Plain and simple – nobody should ever have to choose between her job and the health of her pregnancy, but too many women still face this impossible choice today.   That’s why MomsRising members in all 50 states are urging their members of Congress to help keep families and our economy afloat by backing the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and end the devastating discrimination against expecting mothers.”


MomsRising.org is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others.  MomsRising also advocates for better childhood nutrition, health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2013, Forbes.com named MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth year in a row and Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net” list.  MomsRising also maintains a Spanish language website:  MamásConPoder.


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