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NPR's Linda Wertheimer
She Says: Luncheon
WE Drafts Legislation
Just the Facts  
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In 2010, seven of the ten lowest-paid occupations were all restaurant occupations, and the majority of those jobs are filled by women.

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Home care workers in the United States provide an essential service. However, under the law, they are listed simply as "companions" and not entitled to minimum wage or overtime protections.

Thankfully, the Department of Labor (DOL) has taken a critical step to ensure that hardworking home care workers are afforded the same protections as most other American workers.  A proposed rule would provide home care workers with minimum wage and overtime protections. It is an essential step towards stabilizing the quality and consistency of care and to improving the quality of the jobs of those providing that care. The deadline for submitting comments is Wednesday.  Click here to take action!




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From Anne's Desk
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Anne LadkyWith women's health becoming the "wedge issue" of the day, we're reminded again how the media shapes our perceptions about issues critical to women's lives.  Who's reporting these stories?  The media overall is still far from diverse in terms of race and gender--and studies show that individual background and experience influences what reporters decide to cover and how. 

On May 10 at The Working Lunch, you'll have an opportunity to hear from one of the most important journalists working today, a highly respected leader in the broadcasting world, Linda Wertheimer of NPR.  She's a pioneer in her field--the first woman to anchor network coverage of a presidential nominating convention and election night, and the winner of many prestigious broadcast journalism awards. Linda Wertheimer is just the person we need to hear from as the election season goes into high gear. Join us for a thought-provoking keynote address--and inspiration, motivation, and great networking--at The Working Lunch. Buy your tickets or sponsorship now. Space is strictly limited. You won't want to miss it!         

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She Says...   
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Diana Perez-DomencichThe Working Lunch, featuring NPR's Linda Wertheimer, is May 10, 2012. Andra Gomberg is helping to make the luncheon a success by serving as a Table Leader.

How did you first learn about WE?
I first became involved with WE in 1993, when they were on a task force that resulted in the formation of the sexual harassment office for the City of Chicago, which I later directed. Since then I've been very impressed with WE's advocacy for women in the workplace.

What does being a table leader mean to you?
I've attended more WE luncheons than I can count, and I always want to be there to support WE and to introduce people to the organization. Committing to fill a table is a great way to do that. For me, filling a table means being creative, so I co-chair a table with another attorney.

What can people look forward to at this year's luncheon?
This year Linda Wertheimer is an enormous draw. I'm a big NPR fan, so I'm really looking forward to hearing Linda speak in person. In her career, she's covered 10 political conventions and 12 presidential elections. If you care about the election, this is the person to hear and this is the time to hear her.

Learn more about the luncheon and purchase tickets today!

WE Drafts Legislation to Help Students Succeed 
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For many low-income students, navigating Illinois' education system is a major challenge. Finding the information to determine which school is the best fit and the best value can be difficult. Many students who transfer from a community college to a four-year institution find their credits either don't transfer or they don't count towards their major. This forces many to retake courses, wasting time and money. 


WE recently worked with Senator Kimberly Lightford to draft two state bills that will help remedy these problems. SB 3803, the College Completion Report Card Act, would require state agencies to create report cards for colleges showing information on drop-out and completion rates. These report cards would help prospective students to make informed choices about which school to attend. SB 3804, the Higher Ed Articulation Committee bill, will require an intensive review of where student credits aren't transferring to help the state create stronger policies to ensure when students transition from one college to another, the credits they have earned transfer with them.


These bills are in committee, but WE is working hard to get them in front of the Senate for a vote. Join our Action Network and stay tuned.  

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