Monthly Archives: January 2016

Cleveland: Let’s ensure equal pay opportunities for all

January 29th, 2016|

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, today released the following statement to honor the sixth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration act and the continuing battle to ensure that women earn the same pay as men for the same work.
“I join people across our state and across our nation in honoring the struggle and victory of Lilly Ledbetter by continuing my efforts to fight for equal pay for all in Washington state through Senate Bill SB 6442, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act. Unless we act, according to a recent study, our state will not achieve true pay equity for another 72 years. That’s too long to wait.
“For nearly 20 years, Lilly Ledbetter performed on a par with her male counterparts in the workplace, despite facing discrimination and sexual harassment. She started out at an equal pay level but after two decades of exemplary job performance she was earning nearly $550 less each month than her lowest-paid male counterpart.
“Though the U.S. Supreme Court threw out her suit to recoup her lost wages, Lilly continued to fight for equal pay for all, a fight that culminated in her standing alongside the President of the United States as an act of Congress was passed in her name.
“Interestingly, that act helps men as well as women by preventing businesses from paying employees of any gender differently from other employees doing the same work.
“Far too many employees still face pay discrimination. In Washington State, women are paid eighty cents, on average, for each dollar earned by a man doing the same work. This discrimination does not just affect women in the workplace; it reduces the spending power of their families and their households.
“Today I ask my colleagues to join with me in honoring the courage of Lilly Ledbetter, the anniversary of the federal passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and to stand for fairness and ensuring that everyone receives equal pay for equal work.”

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    Cleveland: Vulnerable seniors, fair pay and housing require action

Cleveland: Vulnerable seniors, fair pay and housing require action

January 12th, 2016|

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, released this statement today following Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State address:

“I am encouraged and excited to see Gov. Inslee call for improvements in public education, treatment for the mentally ill, and wages for working families. I share those priorities as well as the desire to help bring them to fruition.

“At the same time, I am dedicated to making progress on several other issues that may not be as high-profile but are no less urgent for those they affect.

“We need better protections for vulnerable seniors who face physical, verbal and financial exploitation. We need to make sure women receive the same pay for the same work as their male counterparts. We have a growing, devastating homeless and housing crisis in Vancouver and in many other communities across our state that we must also work to address.

“These are all issues I intend to focus on in the weeks and months to come, in addition to working with my colleagues and Gov. Inslee to pursue the crucial priorities he outlined.”

Town Hall Meeting this Saturday, Jan. 9

January 7th, 2016|

With the legislative session beginning next week, Reps. Sharon Wylie and Jim Moeller will join me in hosting a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Jan. 9.

The location is the Vancouver Housing Authority building at 2500 Main St. (click here for directions). Overflow parking will be available at First Church of Christ Scientist at 204 East Fourth Plain Blvd., at the corner of Broadway Street and Fourth Plain.

Reps. Wylie and Moeller and I will share our plans for the upcoming legislative session and look forward to hearing what’s on your mind and what you think the Legislature should prioritize in 2016.

I hope to see you there!