Women have had important roles in UAW history and today women leaders in the UAW are continuing that legacy of leadership. Region 9A Director Julie Kushner has spent her life advocating for social justice for workers and women. Her earliest memories are of her mother showing her what women can achieve when they decide to make the world a better place.
The first bill President Barack Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009, which helped fight the wage gap between men and women doing the same work. The act amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by requiring that the 180-day statute of limitations for women to file an equal-pay lawsuit be reset with each new paycheck instead of expiring after 180 days after the first unequal paycheck is issued. The law was in response to a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said the clock starts ticking for the deadline to file a ... Read more
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When women thrive, America thrives. Eliminating the gender pay gap, ensuring access to child care and elder care, securing reproductive rights and access to health care, keeping the workplace free from violence including sexual assault and harassment – effectively addressing these issues helps everyone in America, not just women. “Too often, these are called women’s issues,” said Hillary Clinton. “Well, I am a proud lifelong fighter for women’s issues because I firmly believe what’s good for women is good for America.” Unions help in the fight for improving women’s lives. Unions reduce the pay gap between men and women, a ... Read more