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Minnesota: News Conference Taking Place Ahead of Major Vote on Women’s Economic Security Act

State lawmakers from the Minnesota House and Senate will join advocates of the Women’s Economic Security Act on Wednesday, April 9 at 10:30am for a news conference on the front capitol steps. The event, announced today on Equal Pay Day, is taking place ahead of a vote on the bill by the entire House of Representatives.

MomsRising & State Legislators Team Up to Shine A Light On The High Cost Of Low Wages & Benefits For Families

Today, as part of the National Week of Action, 12 state legislators are participating in a Blog Carnival sponsored by MomsRising. State legislators from across the country are blogging about economic security issues important to America's working. From Arizona to Massachusetts, state legislators are taking action on the need to guarantee paid family leave and earned sick days, as well as raise the minimum wage.

MI Rep. Tlaib Takes Challenge to Buy a Week’s Worth of Groceries on Minimum Wage

State Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) today announced that she will take the minimum wage challenge and shop for a week’s worth of groceries while only spending $42. The Economic Policy Institute’s family budget calculator factors in rent and other expenses a minimum wage worker encounters to arrive at the $42 a week grocery budget. Tlaib will take her $42 and shop for groceries on Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Lafayette Foods, 1565 E. Lafayette St. in Detroit.

DC Councilmembers McDuffie and Cheh Introduce Legislation for Equal Pay

Today, in honor of Equal Pay Day, DC Councilmembers Kenyan R. McDuffie and Mary Cheh co-introduced legislation designed to close the pay gap between men and women. The “Wage Transparency Amendment Act of 2014” prohibits District employers from retaliating against workers who discuss their compensation and to collect data on compensation by gender and race. This bill closely tracks the Equal Pay executive orders that President Obama announced he will be signing today to create similar requirements for federal government contractors.

Americans United For Change & Progressive States Network Spotlight Momentum to "Give America A Raise" Building In The States

Washington, DC– Fresh off a 3,500 mile, 11-state "Give America A Raise" Bus Tour that gained widespread local media attention and put Republicans in Congress on notice to represent the clear majority of Americans and raise the minimum wage to $10.10, Americans United For Change was joined today by leading state legislators working with Progressive States Network, a national organization that empowers state legislators to advance progressive solutions, to announce a ‘National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America’ starting today.  Visit: http://progressivestates.org/weekofaction

Maine Rep. Erin Herbig: The Gender Pay Gap Is Real & US Must Catch Up

In advance of Equal Pay Day on April 8, Maine State Rep. Erin Herbig and Eliza Townsend, the Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Policy Center and Maine Women’s Lobby, write that the gender pay gap is real, and it shows the US has a lot of catching up to do.

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.