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Women Denied Justice
She Says... MAP Cuts
Career Help in Pilsen
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PolicyWatch: Sick Days
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The wage gap in the retail industry is the highest of any employment sector. Women in retail make just 64 percent of what men in that industry earn.
  
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PolicyWatch
 
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Connecticut recently became the first state to pass a state-wide paid sick days law. The legislation will allow hourly service workers who work for businesses with 50 or more employees to earn 1 hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked, up to a maximum of 5 days per year.  The law affects up to 400,000 workers throughout the state.

Philadelphia also recently became the third city in the nation to pass a paid sick days measure. The new law will require employers with 10 or more workers to provide up to 7 paid sick days a year.
Sign Our Sick Days Petition!
 
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Paid sick days legislation is gaining steam in cities and states across the country. Let's bring paid sick days to the rest of the country's workers. Sign our petition to support the Healthy Families Act!
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From Anne's Desk:
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Anne LadkyLast week's Supreme Court ruling in the Wal-Mart case denied justice to a large group of women who have been fighting for ten years to change practices that resulted in lower pay and fewer promotions--even for women who had higher performance ratings than men.  In doing so, the Court denied women everywhere the right to challenge discrimination and hold their employers accountable.

In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the women didn't have enough in common to bring their action together, but didn't address the substantial evidence of pay discrimination throughout the company. Essentially, the claims can only go forward individually or in much smaller groups, an economic impossibility for most low-income workers. 

This decision is the strongest argument yet for the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Tell Congress to pass it now and give every woman worker the opportunity under the law to address discrimination and achieve equal pay.   
    
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Anne Ladky, Executive Director

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Illinois' Senate and House recently passed a budget that would slash $17.2 million in funding for MAP grants, which provide vital financial aid to low-income college students. Hear why these community college students need MAP grants:
Why We Need MAP
Why We Need MAP
Take action now, and tell Governor Quinn not to sign that budget!

 
WE Brings Career Services to Underserved Community 
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This summer and fall, Women Employed is bringing career development services to low-income Latinos in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, many of whom don't have access to good resources and information.

With a third of Pilsen's residents making less than $15,000 a year, and unemployment levels as high as 25% by some estimates, good career development services are vital. With support from the Chase Foundation, WE is training staff from several social service organizations on Career Coach, our online career exploration program, so they can use it with their clients in Pilsen. Career Coach is innovative, free, and available in both English and Spanish--making it an important resource for the neighborhood's large Spanish-speaking population.

Career Coach can help these workers build brighter futures by learning about good careers they qualify for, as well as how to advance on the job, find out about education and financial aid resources, and build a plan to reach their professional goals.

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