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Assembly Democrats Recognize Equal Pay Day PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:02

women-workersMADISON – Representative Chris Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), author of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, and Assembly Democrats today recognized Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into the year the average woman has to work to earn what the average man earned the previous year.

According to the National Women’s Law Center, the gender wage gap costs women more than $400,000 over the course of a 40-year career*. For women of color and Latinas, the wage gap is much higher. The same study found Latinas make $946,800 less over their careers.

christine-sinicki“Here in Wisconsin, women still make just 78 cents for every dollar men make,” Rep. Sinicki said. “Yet four years ago, Republicans in our state chose to repeal important legal protections that helped ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Restoring equal pay protections would mean stronger women – and a stronger Wisconsin.”

dave_hansenLegislative Democrats, led by the law’s authors, Rep. Sinicki and Senator Dave Hansen, this session put forward a bill to restore the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which had been highly successful at helping to close Wisconsin’s wage gap. Following its passage, Wisconsin became one of only a few states to see its wage gap shrink and we rose 12 places in the gender earnings parity ranking. Unfortunately, in repealing Wisconsin’s equal pay protections Republicans put partisan politics and special interests ahead of Wisconsin women and the state economy.

Four years after Republicans repealed the law, the wage disparity is costing Wisconsin women an average of $10,000 a year. The wage gap not only hurts Wisconsin women and their families – it also drags down the state economy to the tune of $8 billion or more a year. It is estimated that more than 70,000 families headed by women live in poverty, in spite of their full-time wages.

peter_barca“Closing the wage gap is the right thing to do and it’s the smart thing to do,” Rep. Peter Barca, Assembly Democratic Leader, added. “Ensuring equal pay for equal work would improve our state’s lagging economy and make sure women can better support themselves and their families. Wage discrimination is unacceptable and those who experience it should have more and better opportunities to get justice.”

Reps. Sinicki and Barca encouraged the public to get involved in the Assembly Democrats’ continued efforts to ensure equal pay for equal work by signing the petition at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/democrats/get-involved/support-equal-pay-for-equal-work/.


*Source: National Women’s Law Center, The Lifetime Wage Gap, State by State http://nwlc.org/resources/the-lifetime-wage-gap-state-by-state/

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:19
Senator Dave Hansen Comments on Equal Pay Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:35

radio-announcerGREEN BAY - Women play a critical role in the workplace, in our families and in our society. Yet there is a continuing disparity that exists in how their efforts and contributions continue to be devalued compared to men by too many employers and the politicians who represent them.

dave-hansen“Wisconsin cannot truly succeed if Wisconsin women are not allowed the freedom to pursue their jobs and careers and be fairly compensated for their efforts the same as men," says Green Bay's State Senator Dave Hansen. "Unfortunately, too many politicians either do not understand the issue or do not care to do anything about it. As a result Wisconsin is losing middle class families at an alarming rate and our economy remains mired in the bottom third of states for job creation.”

Time and time again those who are working the hardest and struggling the most have seen too many of the politicians in Madison who are supposed to represent them side with the corporate interests instead. Whether it’s equal pay for women, banning companies that send Wisconsin jobs overseas from getting state tax dollars or increasing the minimum wage, Republicans have consistently chosen to side with the wealthy and corporations over women, working families and the middle class.

“And our families and our economy continue to suffer as a result,” concludes Hansen.


Legislative writer Jay Wadd contributed to this story.

'Right-to-Work' Only Part Of Wisconsin's Economic Problems PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 08:51

union-members-at-capitolAs GOP leaders scramble to defend their unconstitutional 'Right-to-Work' law, misplaced priorities and right-wing policies result in 16 consecutive quarters of economic disappointment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:36
Democratic Senators Request Public Hearing on UW System Budget Cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2016 18:26

uwgb-studentsNorthern Wisconsin Senators Dave Hansen and Janet Bewley say public has a right to hear how $250 million in budget cuts will impact their local campuses.

Dane County Judge Strikes Down "Right-to-Work" Law, For Now PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 April 2016 13:25

rtw-protest-mdsnCourt rules unions have property rights to collect "fair share" fees for the services they provide all workers. Democrats quick to applaud check on Gov. Walker's union busting agenda, but AG says they plan to appeal.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 April 2016 21:08
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