Pres. Diann Woodard Presents at AFL-CIO Convention, Pledging a Commitment to Equality in Pay and Opportunity for Women

Diann_AFLCIO13On Sunday, September 8 at the opening of the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles, President Diann Woodard Introduced Resolution 18, making the following statement:

“Women may hold up half the sky, as the resolution states. But we don’t have half the pie. And that’s a fact despite more than a century of struggle and significant gains.

Women still only make 77 cents of every dollar paid to men; two thirds of all minimum wage workers are women, especially women of color; and women are the majority of workers in the lowest paying occupations.

In Resolution 18, the AFL-CIO commits to standing with women and insisting on 1  equality in pay and opportunity for all; 2  the right of women to control their own bodies and be free from violence; and 3  the right of every woman to meet her fullest potential and the opportunity to serve–and lead–her community.

That means we will work to raise the minimum wage, close the wage gap, expand job training and educational opportunities and make wage and benefit standards across industries more transparent.

While protecting bedrock social safety net programs, we will ramp up our support for paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, and affordable quality child care. . We also will continue our stand for contraceptive equity and respect for women’s choices in their health care

Recognizing that the labor movement is not alone in this struggle, we will continue to invest in inclusive, enduring alliances locally and internationally. At the same time, we’ll ensure that women are fully engaged and represented at all levels of our movement and of our work and thoroughly integrate women’s issues in our policy, legislative and political strategies and campaigns.”

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