Posted by bneufeld on June 10, 2013 at 18:18 pm
(ALBANY, NY June 10, 2013) The New York Women’s Equality Coalition, which includes the NYC Equal Pay Coalition and the NYS Pay Equity Coalition, today, marked the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of the federal Equal Pay Act by calling attention to the fact that women’s wages continue to lag behind what mean earn. The group called on New York State Senator Jeff Klein to bring the Women’s Equality Agenda to a vote.
Advocates held a press conference during which many dressed in 1960s garb to demonstrate the time period when the Equal Pay Act was signed into law a half century ago. “This 50th anniversary is a particularly important milestone in the quest for economic justice for women as it coincides with the recent introduction of the Women’s Equality Act by Gov. Andrew Cuomo,” said Beverly Neufeld, director of the Equal Pay Coalition NYC.
EPCNYC/WEA Press Conference for 50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act - Beverly Neufeld and group pressed in 60s garb
Posted by bneufeld on June 5, 2013 at 10:12 am
Yesterday, June 4, Governor Cuomo officially released the Women’s Equality Act at a press conference with leading women’s groups. Beverly Neufeld, representing the Equal Pay Coalition NYC, NYWA and New York State Pay Equity Coalition, spoke about the equal pay provisions of the 10 Point Agenda. At noon, a rally of approximately 1,000 advocates from across NYS, gathered at the Capitol to cheer this groundbreaking legislative package. Key political leaders from the Senate and Assembly addressed the crowd, as did actress/activist Cynthia Nixon and attorney on Roe v. Wade, Sarah Weddington. Our coalition was well represented at the podium by Dina Bakst (A Better Balance),Bev Neufeld (EPCNYC), and Sonia Ossario (NOW-NYC).
Thanks to everyone for a fabulous day! We have 3 intensive weeks left to improve women’s lives. We can do this together! #WEA #NY4Women
Actress Cynthia Nixon walks to the podium before speaking at a women’s rights rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Activists are calling for equality for women in the work place and stronger laws against discrimination and human trafficking for child prostitution, along with strengthening abortion rights. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Beverly Neufeld, speaking for EPCNYC, NYWA and NYSPEC, addresses the rally for Women’s Equality Act in Albany about Equal Pay. Photo: Marilyn Abalos
Posted by bneufeld on May 29, 2013 at 11:14 am
GET READY FOR June 10th - 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Equal Pay Act
It has been 50 years since we thought we would have equal pay for men and women. And here we are, half a century later, with US women on average still earning only 77% of what their male counterparts do. Mothers and women of color are much lower. New York’s numbers are better, 84%, but not good enough. We need the Women’s Equality Agenda! The Equal Pay provision of the 10 Point Agenda will protect workers from retaliation if they talk about salaries, increase penalties, and reduce loopholes in wage discrimination cases.
Here are ways to promote the WEA through this anniversary:
- Promote our Twitter Storm which will be on Monday, June 10 from noon to 2 p.m. EST . Share this tweet: Join @EqualPayNY for a Twitter storm from noon to 2 EST June 10 in support of Women’s Equality Agenda. #WEA
- Plan an activity in your region or a press conference.
- Submit a Letter to the Editor. Get suggestions and guidelines – click more
Additional information and sample tweets and Facebook postings will be online before June 10. For information contact: Beverly Neufeld, Director, Equal Pay Coalition NYC, email@example.com
Posted by bneufeld on May 28, 2013 at 11:11 am
#NY4Women Rally for Women’s Equality Agenda
Date:Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Time:12:00pm – 2:00pm – Rally
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Legislative Meetings
Place: State Capitol – Albany, NY
Register for free bus:
This is a historic time in New York’s history, and you won’t want to miss it. With your help, we will convince New York State Lawmakers that we must make change for New York’s women. With passage of the Agenda, New York will again be a leader in advancing women in our society and help change the conversation about women’s rights throughout the country. Help pass the Women’s Equality Agenda @WEA Info: http://nywomensequality.org/
Posted by bneufeld on May 14, 2013 at 21:41 pm
Upcoming NYC Women’s Equality Agenda Activities
Senator Liz Krueger is hosting a press conference in support of WEA
WHEN: TOMORROW, May 15
TIME: 1:00 to 2:00pm
WHERE: Steps of City Hall
Let us know if you plan to attend at: http://bit.ly/16wRbD4
*NYC Regional Committee members will greet partners on the steps with WEA signs.
NYC Women’s Equality Agenda Day of Action
WHEN: Saturday, May 18!
TIME: Meet up at 10:30am
WHERE: Planned Parenthood of New York City, 26 Bleecker Street (corner of Mott St). *Off the 6 train at Bleecker or BDFM at Broadway/Lafayette
NYC Regional Committee members will have breakfast, receive a special WEA campaign update, do a brief outreach training, and then head out in teams by 11:30am to sign up supporters in key legislative districts.
With 6 weeks left in the legislative session, educating and engaging voters about WEA in target districts is crucial to ensuring passage. YOUR action will allow us to reach as many supporters as possible!
Rally & Lobby Day!
WHEN: June 4
WHERE: Albany – advocates from around the state will descend upon the capital to meet with legislators and demand a vote for a more fair and equal New York
TIME: Rally in park starts at 10:30 a.m. More info to follow.
RSVP: Email Beverly Neufeld if you are interested in a spot on the bus!
Posted by bneufeld on May 14, 2013 at 21:37 pm
Vermont bill to strengthen employee, women’s rights
Employees may ask what coworkers are paid
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Montpelier — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) will sign into law a bill May 14 strengthening protections for Vermont workers around a number of issues, most notably equal pay.
The bill, introduced in the House as H.99 and Senate as S.57, includes provisions for equal pay.
The bill also includes protections for employees who ask coworkers what they are paid, certification of compliance of government contractors with Vermont’s equal pay laws, have protections for new mothers who must express breast milk for their babies at work, and request flexible working arrangements.
The Vermont Commission on Women said the bill will also establish a study committee looking at the mechanics of the paid family leave law in Vermont.
Posted by bneufeld on May 14, 2013 at 21:27 pm
The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor
Making Good on the Promise of Equal Pay
by PAMELA COUKOS on MAY 6, 2013
Last week, veteran newsman – and father of three daughters – Tom Brokaw published an essay titled “Welcome to the Century of Women.” He talks about the incredible gains women have made in the workforce, politics, media, law, higher education and corporate leadership, but also asks how we can do even more to remove barriers to equality. In a May 2 appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, Brokaw suggested the answer could start with “the simple idea” of equal pay.
At the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, we couldn’t agree more. Read More
Posted by bneufeld on April 25, 2013 at 11:49 am
In Anticipation of 20th Anniversary of Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day,
New York Women’s Equality Coalition Advocates for Workplace Protections for Women
ALBANY, NY, April 24,2013—In anticipation of tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day, members of the New York Women’s Equality Coalition will visit legislative offices today to advocate for the workplace protections that are part of the Women’s Equality Agenda. Advocates will deliver PayDay bars to legislators as a reminder that when we take our daughters and sons to work tomorrow, they will be confronted with the harsh reality that statewide, women earn only 84 cents for every dollar that a man earns. In many upstate regions, the gap is even wider – Oswego County women earn 69 cents on the dollar, Niagara County women earn 74 cents on the dollar, and women in Onondaga County earn 76 cents on the dollar.
Posted by bneufeld on April 17, 2013 at 17:17 pm
NYS Legislature takes action toward closing gender wage gap,in line with New Yorkers’ priorities and WEA
(Albany, NY April 16, 2013) The movement of pay equity bills in the Assembly and the Senate over the past two days demonstrates an interest on behalf of the New York State Legislature to correct gender disparities in New York workplaces, a welcome sign of bipartisan support for policies that are good for the women of New York. Earlier this year, a Quinnipiac University poll of New York voters showed 9 out of 10 think equal pay for women should be a priority for the Governor and the Legislature to address this year. Equal pay is one of the components of the proposed ten-point Women’s Equality Agenda supported by the New York Women’s Equality Coalition, made up of more than 750 business leaders, women’s organizations, religious leaders and labor groups statewide.
Women in New York earn 84 percent of what men earn. And that gap is even more alarming among women in upstate New York and African-American and Hispanic women who earn as little as 55 percent of what white non-Hispanic men make.
“Women are the breadwinners in millions of families across New York State and they need access to employment that does not discriminate based on gender or race,” stated Christine Sadowski, representing the YWCAs of New York State. “From a woman in New York City making 80 cents to every dollar a man makes to a woman in Buffalo making 67 cents, and every community in between, pay equity is a priority for the people of our state.”
“The action of the Senate and Assembly shows a willingness to align with Governor Cuomo’s goals and the priorities of the Women’s Equality Coalition,” said Beverly Neufeld, Equal Pay Coalition NYC. “We anticipate this level of cooperation going forward for all the components of the Women’s Equality Agenda.”
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