Women have been fighting for workplace and pay equality for generations and the 6.8 million women of the labor movement continue to work hard to advance the issues that matter to our mothers, sisters and daughters. When women join together in unions and advocate for equal pay, fair and consistent scheduling, paid time off to care for loved ones, and better benefits, the world is a better place.
And in 2016, union women are leading the charge to make America an ever better place by electing the first woman president to lead our great nation.
For more than 30 years, Hillary Clinton has been advocating for working families' and working women's economic issues. She knows too many women are the sole breadwinners and struggle to make ends meet. She knows women too often take significant time out of the paid workforce to take care of their children, aging parents or ailing family members. That's why Clinton supports fair scheduling laws, pay transparency and giving women the legal mechanisms to combat pay disparities. She supports increasing the federal minimum wage and will work to strengthen collective bargaining rights for unions. And she'll work to expand Social Security and she supports universal preschool for four-year-olds.
It's no surprise, then, that AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler is criss-crossing the country, advocating for Clinton and other labor-endorsed candidates who will help working people build a better life.
Last month, Shuler and AFT President Randi Weingarten launched "Women in the Breakroom," a series of tele- and in-person townhall-style discussions about the challenges working women face in the workplace, possible solutions and the importance of electing candidates who advocate for working families.
On Oct. 3, Shuler was in Nevada and spoke of the initiative to Las Vegas radio station KNPR.
“It was a chance to give women a space," Shuler said, "a chance to express themselves and the issues that they’re facing.”
Last week, Shuler traveled to St. Louis to participate in a "Women in the Breakroom" event where damaging "right to work" laws are a major concern.
From The Labor Tribune on the Missouri AFL-CIO "Women in the Breakroom" event:
Shuler said she hopes to use the 2016 election as a tool to get women engaged. “If women are running the phone bank or the canvas and if women are out in front in this election, hopefully it will translate to building more confidence in them to run for shop steward, executive board, business representative or business manager in their unions,” Shuler said.
Shuler will continue to pound the pavement for Clinton and join union women in future "Women in the Breakroom" events.
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