Portlanders rally for equal pay for men, women

Local supporters of equal pay for men and women rally for mandatory sick pay for all workers in Oregon and minimum wage increases, April 8, 2014. (KOIN)
Local supporters of equal pay for men and women rally for mandatory sick pay for all workers in Oregon and minimum wage increases, April 8, 2014. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Local supporters of equal pay for men and women took to the streets to demonstrate on Monday, fighting for mandatory sick pay for all workers in Oregon and minimum wage increases.

President Barack Obama signed two bills on Monday that leveled the playing field for women in the workplace, but Portlanders said they are continuing to fight for mandatory sick pay as well as the ability for cities to pass their own minimum wage increases.

“Mothers often find the workplace downright hostile to their family caregiving demands. Too often they lack access to paid sick days, parental leave (and) affordable child care – the things that make it possible for them to care for a family and to provide for one,” said Andrea Paluso, co-founder and executive director of Family Forward Oregon.

Portland is one of only a few cities nationwide that have a mandatory sick time law.

Several other cities are also fighting for the right tor raise minimum wages above state standards. On average, women earn about 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to the United States Department of Labor.

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