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Women’s Economic Security Act Advancing In Minnesota

State legislators are taking action to support women's economic security, including Minnesota State Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) and Representative Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing). Earlier today, they joined other legislators on the state Capitol steps to show their support for the Women’s Economic Security Act. 

Rallying For Working Families In Nebraska

The Rally For Working Families at the Nebraska State Capitol, held as part of the National Week of Action For Real Prosperity Across America, was a major success! Yesterday, joined by a throng of supporters and advocates, Senators Jeremy Nordquist, Heath Mello, Tanya Cook, and Danielle Conrad announced a new ballot initiative effort to put a minimum wage increase before the people of Nebraska in November. 

Washington Senate Work Session Launches ‘Retirement Insecurity’ Discussion

On Tuesday, Washington Senate lawmakers launched a discussion on retirement insecurity as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America. Nine participants from business, labor, finance and research sectors presented information on a wide variety of issues ranging from defined benefit pension plans, to small business options, to worker retirement readiness. 

Guest Blogger: State Rep. Ray Dehn On Progress On Pay Equity In Minnesota

Guest Blogger Minnesota Rep. Raymond Dehn explains how Minnesota’s state legislature and Governor are poised to make progress on closing the gender pay gap and a host of other issues to support women and their families by enacting the Women’s Economic Security Act.

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

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.