This Sunday, millions of us will come together and say happy Mothers’ Day to the women who nurture, raise and birth us. The gift of life is an incredible thing, but the gifts our Mothers bring to our lives really only begin at birth. Taking care of children when their sick, making sure homework gets done, keeping homes livable, dropping off and picking up from countless after-school before-school and weekend activities, and being an invaluable (even sole) bread-winner for their households, are only a few of the work of motherhood.
The Union movement believes that all work has dignity, and yet, the work of motherhood is very often economically dismissed, unequal and unseen. Mothers are routinely penalized in the workplace for their motherhood. We observed equal pay day for All Women on April 2, but Equal Pay Day for Moms’ is only JUNE 10, a very different sort of Mothers’ Day. While we celebrate Mothers and Motherhood this weekend, remember that the second Mothers’ Day is no cause for celebration.
Working mothers must work an additional six months to match the pay of working men. There is no such thing as a fatherhood pay penalty; in fact, there is research that shows a fatherhood BONUS. On average, Fathers see a six percent pay raise when they have children, while Mothers’ earnings decrease by four percent with each child they have.
Union brothers and sisters, this is not ok. This is not solely a women’s issue; this is an economic issue, a workers’ rights issue, and a working family issue.
There is no single solution to this, but there are things we can do to help. We can organize more workers, because with a collective bargaining agreement, women are closer than ever to pay equity. We can and do support affordable child care, maternal healthcare initiatives, fair pay legislation, and paid leave. Give your state legislator a call today and remind them: even though it’s Mothers’ Day in May, Mothers’ Equal Pay Day is a month away. We can’t stop working toward
This Mothers’ Day get Mom a union-made gift (as always), then make a call, write an email or send a letter to your State legislator or Congress person. It’s time to give Mom some union-made change and bring an end to the second (and far less celebratory) Mothers’ Day. All Moms’ deserve equal pay, the best union-made gift you can give.
- Russell Stover
- See’s Candies
If you plan to celebrate the evening with one of mom’s favorite beverages:
- Arbor Mist
- C.K. Mondavi
- Charles Krug
- Cook’s California Champagne
- J. Roget
- Gallo Estate
- Peter Vella
- Sheffield Cellars
- Turning Leaf
If you’d rather go the floral route, try getting your flowers from:
Also, Union Plus members receive a 25% discount on flowers from Teleflora.