Upcoming Events: Taking Action To Ensure Equal Pay For Equal Work

This year, Equal Pay Day is on April 8. During this week, which coincides with the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America, state legislators are lifting up the strategic policies that promote women's success -- including measures that tackle gender discrimination in pay, modernize workplace standards, and provide the tools women and families need to get ahead.

WCTV: Florida Young Workers Speak Out

WCTV's Lanetra Bennett reports: "The Florida AFL-CIO, young workers, union members, activists, Rep. Dwight Bullard and students from across the state of Florida are urging legislators to take action this legislative session on: establishing tuition equity for students, ensuring workers have an effective mechanism to recover stolen wages, and raising the state's minimum wage to $10.10. The group says that 70 percent of jobs being created are part-time. A warehouse worker from Jacksonville, Florida, Dave Snyder, says, "It's not a living wage. I'm here to tell you as a person who works two jobs: one in the middle of the night at a warehouse loading boxes; and the second one in a call center for minimum wage. I'm here to tell you, it's not enough to make ends meet with rent, with the cost of living. This is the fundamental issue of my class and my generation." The coalition is also fighting for issues that affect Florida's teachers, such as testing and accountability."

Washington State Lawmakers To Address Retirement Security In New Work Session

Washington state legislators are focusing on retirement security as part of the National Week of Action For Real Prosperity Across America. View here more details and background information for the work session scheduled for April 8.

Florida Senator Bullard To Live On The Minimum Wage For A Week

Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard is taking the Minimum Wage Challenge as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America. “I can think of no greater matter of importance than someone's ability to work and earn a decent wage," Senator Bullard stated. "Let those who would deny it try to live on it for just a week.


Michigan State Senators Take Minimum Wage Challenge to Highlight Need for Better Pay

As part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America, State Senators Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) recently took the minimum wage challenge of trying to buy groceries for an entire week on just $42.

Living On The Minimum Wage In Connecticut As State Makes History

In advance of Connecticut's history-making minimum wage increase and as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America, Connecticut State Senator Gary Holder-Winfield takes the Grocery Challenge.

Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach: A Minimum Wage Hike Is Long Past Due

What would a minimum wage increase mean for Pennsylvanians? State Sen. Daylin Leach responds to flawed NFIB opinion piece: A Minimum Wage Hike Is Long Past Due.

National Organizations To Broadcast Channels: Cover The High Cost Of Low Wages

Last week, Progressive States Network joined a national coalition letter to the broadcast channels urging them to make their coverage of the minimum wage more informative, particuarly with respect to the high public cost of low wages.  

Map of the Week: Minimum Wage Momentum Across The States

Against the backdrop of the President's call in the State of the Union for raising the federal minimum wage, the states are already pushing ahead. Map: minimum wage momentum across the states.

Show Me The Money! Freeing Up State Budgets By Ending Wasteful Corporate Giveaways

Two major reports are out today showing how reining in wasteful corporate tax loopholes and subsidies can free up state budgets to fund our shared priorities, like retirement security. Read on for more information about Good Jobs First's "Putting State Pension Costs in Context" and U.S. PIRG's "Closing the Billion Dollar Loophole."