Equal Pay & Minimum Wage

The YWCA Elgin is in Support of Raising the Federal Minimum Wage & Equal Pay

YWCA Elgin Commitment Statement: The YWCA Elgin believes a livable wage helps women and families better afford basic necessities, such as food, medicine, child care and housing. The YWCA Elgin supports policies to raise the federal minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay and maintain the earned income tax credit to help provide economic security for all.

A Strong Minimum Wage Can Help Working Families, Businesses and Our Economy Recover 

~ Raise the Minimum Wage Project

With the worst recession in generation still being felt across the nation, state and federal leaders are focused on getting their economies moving again while helping working families make ends meet. Raising the minimum wage is a key strategy for doing both and should be part of an economic recovery agenda. Click to read the National Employment Lay Project Briefing Paper that details the positive impact of raising the minimum wage - and indexing it to inflation so that it does not continue to fall in real value every year - on working families, local businesses and state economies. By boosting pay in the low-wage jobs on which more families are relying than, a stronger minimum wage will help restore the consumer spending that powers our economy and that local businesses need in order to grow. A robust minimum wage is a key building block of sustainable economic recovery.

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Know Your Rights!

~ The White House

Workers are legally entitled to equal employment opportunities, including the right to earn a paycheck that is free from unlawful bias, in many cases, the right to discuss their pay with colleagues.

  • Men and women must be paid equal wages if they perform substantially the same work under the Equal Pay Act
  • Your employer may not legally discriminate against you on the basis of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (over 40), disability, or genetic information in any aspect of employment, including compensation, hours and benefits.
  • If you have received an unfair paycheck within the last 180 days, you can file a discrimination charge with the EEOC.
  • If you work for a federal contractor, Executive Order (EO) 11246 prohibits your employer from discriminating in employment decisions, including compensation, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
  • Most private sector employees have the right to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

For more information click here. If you believe your rights under the NLRA have been violated, or that an employer or a union has engaged in unlawful conduct you may file a charge through one of NLRB's regional offices.

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Equal Pay Day 
~ United States Department of Labor
When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. Today, women earn about 81 cents on the dollar compared to men - a gap that results in hundreds of dollars in lost wages.
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The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap
You've probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is it because women tend to be the primary caregivers for their children?
It Will Take 75 Years for Women to Achieve Equal Pay
Poverty, discrimination and unpaid labor are among the barriers facing women.  Women still have a ways to go until they're paid the same as men. According to a new report released today by Oxfam, the gender pay gap will likely close in 75 years, as long as it continues to melt away at its current rate.
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