The union difference: If you want to decrease pay gap between men and women, join a union #EqualPayDay

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Happy Equal Pay Day, boys and girls! And speaking of boys and girls... Guess what! Women are only paid 77 cents on the dollar and it's been that way for the last decade! 

Over a 40-year career, the 23-cent wage gap would cost a woman more than $443,000!

Conclusion: Corporations suck.

women pay wage gap

But do not fret, there is a silver lining. Union women make more than non-union women:

unions pay for women

The above graphic is from UNITE HERE!'s Facebook page. Fellow equality fans, we need to work harder at informing people about this. For example, via comments on the Unite Here Facebook page, there was a great question that got a great response that did, indeed, inform:

Robert Brownlow:

Are Unions the reason most employment has left the country? Are we pricing ourselves right out of a job? Just posing the question.

Giemma Raindance:

No, our jobs would stay here in the US if corporations can get away without giving a little more than minimum wage, no benefits and harassment. Unions protect workers from abuse so corporations look to third world countries to abuse their workers. The USA is a union which is why NO ONE messes with us!

Paddy posted a short entry including this 44-second, video, Equal Pay Day, earlier. Please hop over and take a look.

Here's one of my earlier Blunt videos from 2010, but sadly, it still applies three years later:

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  • Sally

    Thanks to Snyder and his ALEC cohorts, my educational paraprofessionals union just renewed an awful contract to avoid Right to Work for two years. That means, I, a part-time
    parapro, will continue to make aq whopping $7.86 an hour (and less than that when they pay me for 55 minute class periods,) with no hope of a raise next year, as I started in November and won't have the required 140 days per school year in to move to the next step. And they get $1 out of every pay, won't answer phone or email messages, and basically are crap. Now, this is a job I took as a 60 year old, trying to help out some music teachers. But I am totally appalled at how this district treats paras, and substitute teachers, who must have a degree and pay also $50 to be fingerprinted, are still making the same lousy $10/hour we made 25 years ago here BEFORE anyone other than teachers had a union. So someone tell me how this is helping again?