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Want to Empower Women of Color? Support Unions

Want To Empower Women Of Color? Support Unions

During Women’s History Month, we’re reminded that there was a time when women were silent in our government, homes and workplaces. Fast-forward to present day, and it seems like women are raising their voices louder than ever in Donald Trump’s America. We’re speaking out to protect our health care plans, keep immigrant mothers with their children and fight legislation like the disastrous GOP tax bill that further disenfranchises our households.

Now, more than ever, it’s critical that women raise our voices as we prepare for one of our greatest battles for equality. We must fight back against billionaire political ideologues who want to use the Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31 case, being considered by the Supreme Court, to limit the power that women gain as union members.

Research shows that women, especially women of color, have more opportunities for upward mobility when a union represents us. According to the National Women’s Law Center, women in unions earn an average of $970 per week—30 percent more than their nonunion counterparts. Among full-time workers, black women who are union members typically make 23 percent more than black women who are nonunion workers. Women are also more likely to have access to health care, sick leave and retirement benefits as union members.

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