Bay Area Women Leaders: Too Many Women Are Falling Behind in Pay

Women in leadership and hundreds of Pay Equity supporters gather to recognize April 9 — National Equal Pay Day

(SAN FRANCISCO)—April 9—Women leaders in business, labor, community, government and hundreds of Equal Pay supporters will come together at a press conference and rally on National Equal Pay Day – to say that wages women earn need to stop lagging behind what men earn— on Tuesday, April 9 at 12PM. Today, SEIU Local 1021 and Supervisor Malia Cohen released the following video recognizing National Equal Pay Day and will be viewed during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. See video here:

During the press conference on the San Francisco City Hall steps, District 10 Supervisor Cohen and other Supervisors will announce a resolution that will be voted on at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors to declare April 9th, Equal Pay Day in San Francisco.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women are still paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid. The pay gap widens for working Latinas earning 54 cents and African-American women earning 66 cents to a man’s dollar.

While the City’s elected leaders to President Obama recommit to closing the pay gap between men and women on National Equal Pay Day, San Francisco Human Resources Department Administrators announced to cut wages in 16 job classifications predominantly held by women and people of color, while leaving the pay of many workers in classes held predominantly by white and male workers untouched.

City workers in 16 classifications—from legal secretaries and pay roll clerks to licensed vocational nurses, eligibility workers and child support workers are being targeted for a wage cut.

“If wages women earn are already lagging behind, cutting their wages will only worsen the pay gap we are trying so hard to close,” said President of SEIU local 1021 Roxanne Sanchez.

Roxanne Sanchez, SEIU Local 1021 President
Laura Hahn, San Francisco Women’s Political Committee President
Hyeon-Ju Rho. Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus
Malia Cohen, D10 District Supervisor
And hundreds of Equal Pay Advocates and SEIU Local 1021 members

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12 PM

San Francisco City Hall Steps

Press Conference and Rally recognizing National Equal Pay Day and protesting proposed City wage cuts that hurt women and people of color

SEIU 1021 represents over 13,000 employees in the City and County of San Francisco. SEIU Local 1021 represents 56,000 employees in local governments and non-profit agencies, health care programs, schools, and social welfare occupations throughout northern California.

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