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What is WE Thankful For?
She Says: Housekeepers
Students Speak for MAP
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"1.3 million hospital emergency department visits could be prevented in the United States each year by providing paid sick days to workers who currently lack access, reducing medical costs by $1.1 billion annually." 
 
Source: IWPR
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The Department of Labor (DOL) is showing that they are serious about enforcement of wage and hour laws. The DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs(OFCCP) recently requested wage data from United Space Alliance, an aerospace firm with a federal contract, to ensure that wages were fair and there was no discrimination.
 
When United Space Alliance refused, the OFCCP filed a complaint, and a district judge has ruled that United Space Alliance must provide that information to ensure their pay practices meet federal anti-discrimination requirements.
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What is WE Thankful For?
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In the past year, WE has seen a lot of successes for working women.  Here are just a few of the things our staff is thankful for:

Anne_beforeI'm thankful for the opportunity to work on the most significant and serious reform of the City Colleges of Chicago in my lifetime, one that holds the possibility of providing access to high-quality post-secondary education for thousands low-income Chicagoans. This will make a real difference in their ability to get good jobs and support their families. 
- Jenny Wittner, Associate Director

Anne_beforeI am thankful for three new paid sick days laws passing in Connecticut, Seattle, and Philadelphia, and for San Francisco and Washington, DC adding to their paid sick days laws.
- Melissa Josephs, Director of Equal Opportunity Policy

  

Anne_beforeI am thankful that, with the support of the Allstate Foundation, we had the chance to work with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and to create a career development curriculum that will serve survivors of domestic abuse.
- Clifton Williams, Senior Program Manager

 


She Says...  
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Like many low-paid women, hotel housekeepers work hard to support their families. They are proud of their work, but the long hours and physical demands take a toll, and they barely earn enough to keep their families afloat. Hear them tell their stories:
 
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It's up to us to create a better future for these women. Make a gift to Women Employed today.

Students Speak Up for MAP
 
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In May, Illinois legislators cut $17.2 million from the Monetary Award Program, which helps thousands of low-income students attend college each year. Because of this funding shortfall, student awards have already been reduced by 5 percent, and will be cut by even more if the funding is not restored.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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