We applaud the focus on economic and job growth, and increased supports for the middle class. We also welcome the President’s call to give women equal pay for an equal day's work. We hope the Senate will act quickly to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to address the gender-based wage discrimination that still plagues our country. And we support the President’s child care initiative, referenced tonight and discussed in more detail earlier this week, which is designed to improve quality and make child care more affordable for middle- and low-income families. That is long overdue.
We ask the Administration to prioritize guaranteeing workers a minimum standard of paid sick days, making paid family and medical leave available, and enacting the Employee Free Choice Act to restore workers’ right to choose to form unions in their workplaces.
The Obama Administration inherited a massive — perhaps unprecedented — set of problems that needed immediate attention. We understand that, and fervently hope that the coming year will see much more progress toward quality, affordable health care for all of us, fairness in the workplace, and initiatives that help Americans meet the dual demands of work and family.”
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.