White House Working Families Summit

Posted by on June 23, 2014 at 08:30 am

The Equal Pay Coalition NYC and NYS PowHER will be represented at the White House Summit on Working Families by Beverly Neufeld. Look for tweets and follow-ups. @EqualPayNY @NYSPowHER You can participate by going to: http://workingfamiliessummit.org

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Posted by on June 12, 2014 at 11:48 am

This week is not only Father’s Day, it’s also Mother’s Equal Pay Day, the day in 2014 when an average working mother’s earnings catches up to the median salary that a working father made in 2013. That’s over 17 months of work for one year’s pay!

There are solutions including the Equal Pay provisions of the NYS Women’s Equality Act!

The session in Albany is over next week and we are continuing to press our legislators to act on WEA THIS YEAR! Join the Twitter rally at 3PM today.

5 FACTS ABOUT MOTHERS AT WORK from National Women’s Law Center:  

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Rally for Women’s Equality Act!

Posted by on June 11, 2014 at 06:47 am

Advocates and Legislators call on NYS Senate to take a vote on the 10 Point Women’s Equality Act

WEA Rally June 2014

WEA Rally June 2014

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Help Coalition push for Women’s Equality Act

Posted by on June 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

Here we are again, pressing our legislators to pass the Women’s Equality Act and make some progress for NY women.

Today the Women’s Equality Coalition is holding a lobby day and press conference at 2:00 calling for the Senate to vote on WEA.

You can help by
2. CALL/EMAIL your Senator today.
**518-455-2800 or get contact info go to: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators

**Message: As part of the Women’s Equality Coalition (and name your organization) we urge you to bring the Women’s Equality Act to a vote in the Senate.

**This is especially important if he or she is a member of the IDC or Republican caucuses since they hold the power to bring this to a vote.

There are only a few days left to session and anything can still happen so we need your voice to be heard now!


· Follow @NY4Women @EqualPayNY @NYSPowHER
· Use #UpgradeNY in every tweet, you can also use #WEA
· Direct your tweet at specific people

Jeff Klein @JeffKleinNY
Andrea Stewart-Cousins @AndreaSCousins
Dean Skelos @SenatorSkelos

Susan Arbetter – Capitol Pressroom-WNYC @sarbetter
Casey Seiler @CaseySeiler
Karen DeWitt NPR – North Country @kdewitt7
Brian Lehrer WNYC @brianlehrer
Jimmy Vielkind Capital New York @JimmyVielkind
Nick Reisman Capital Tonight @NickReisman
Liz Benjamin Capital Tonight @CTLizB
Teri Weaver Syracuse Post Standard @TeriKWeaver
Tom Precious Buffalo News @TomPreciousALB

Sample Tweets are below:
@SenatorSkelos #WEA deserves a vote, so let’s give it one! #UpgradeNY

@JeffKleinNY #WEA deserves a vote, Bring it to the floor! #UpgradeNY

Equal Laws, Equal Lives. Equal Pay. Support the #WEA and #UpgradeNY

NY Needs laws as strong as NY Women! #UpgradeNY

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Look for Weekly Economic Equity News Roundup

Posted by on May 12, 2014 at 23:53 pm

With the help of NYS PowHER, a statewide network work together to advance women’s economic status, you can get the most up-to-date articles and information in a weekly round-up! Go to www.nyspowher.org

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Posted by on April 24, 2014 at 16:54 pm

Citizens and Elected Officials Call for Stronger Laws

In a display of extraordinary solidarity and New York spirit, Equal Pay Day 2014 was marked by a groundswell of support from local and state elected officials and grassroots groups in the form of municipal proclamations, press conferences and public events, letters to the editors and op-eds, visits and calls to NYS Legislators – even apples and cake! From every corner of the state – including Albany, Buffalo, Elmira, Manhattan, North Hempstead, Potsdam, and Rochester – New Yorkers sent a clear message: We need and want stronger equal pay laws now!

April 8th and the following days were packed with action and dialogue about the persistent wage gap, how to end gender wage discrimination, the necessary protections included in the Women’s Equality Act, federal legislation and President Obama’s Executive Order protecting employees of federal contractors from retaliation for sharing salary information.

Please take a few moments to look through the many published articles and constituent letters, list of local activities, and gallery of pictures linked below. This round-up of activities is not complete, but will give you an idea of the level of energy and the grassroots commitment exhibited by New Yorkers statewide.

We thank you for your support of the proposed equal pay reforms in the Women’s Equality Act. Let’s work together in the next 2 months to move from legislation to law!


Have an Equal Pay Day picture or article? Send it to: info@NYSPowHer.org


ACTIVITIES: (scroll down for press)

Statewide, activities were organized by the Equal Pay Coalition NYC, Women’s Equality Coalitin and the many chapter so AAUW, LWV, YWCA, and NOW. Here are some highlights:

  • Albany: Mayor Kathy Sheehan issued an Equal Pay Day Proclamation, and Event, Letters to Editor of Times Union
  • Binghamton: Binghamton University and Broome Community College hosted Equal Pay Day events
  • Brooklyn: Borough President Eric Adams issued an Equal Pay Day Proclamation, and City Council Members Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Carlos Menchaca issued Letters of Support
  • Buffalo : County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that businesses applying for tax incentives from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (“ECIDA”) must agree to end wage disparities among their employees, news coverage

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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
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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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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