Unions Help Close the Wage Gap for Women
04/04/2007 - On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, working women across the country will mark Equal Pay Day — the day when women’s wages will finally catch up to what men earned in 2006.
“Women have come a long way, but are still waiting for equal pay,” said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, an economist at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). “In fact, at the current rate of progress, equal pay will take another 50 years.”
Equal Pay Day presents an important opportunity to persuade women to join the APWU, said Liz Powell, Northeast Region Coordinator and chair of the union’s Women’s National Organizing Subcommittee. “The disparity in pay is a vivid reminder of why women must fight for equality. And, simply put, unions help women bridge the gap.”