To The Editor:
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East has joined a coalition of 10 organizations from across the north country.
We are working together as the New York Womens Equality Coalition, North Country Region, in vigorous support of Governor Cuomos Womens Equality Agenda. Coalition members stand united with one another and with eight other regional groups across the state, urging broad support of this historic Agenda.
During his January State of the State address, the Governor presented the Womens Equality Agenda, a 10-point plan to break down barriers women face in the most essential areas of life. The Womens Equality Agenda will reduce discrimination in the workplace and in housing, improve womens safety and wellbeing, and ensure equal treatment under the law.
In the north country, we value fairness. Two people doing the same job should be paid and treated equally. By passing this law, it would ensure that women receive the wages they were always entitled to. It would help struggling families in the North Country provide for their families, and provide fairness for everyone in the workplace.
All of the members of our union are healthcare workers and the majority of them are women. Ensuring that all workers, irrespective of gender, are paid the same is not only fair but it ensures that our families will have the resources they need to make ends meet.
This Agenda, and the extraordinary range of businesses and groups supporting it in the North Country and throughout the state, underscores that full equality for women cannot be achieved by taking partial steps. The Governor has proposed an ambitious Agenda that recognizes that womens struggles, and the solutions, are all interconnected. On June 4th we will rally at the State Capital in Albany to voice our support for this very important agenda.
Vice President & North Country Area Director