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Westchester Leaders, Advocates Rally For Stronger Equal Pay Laws

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Leaders in Westchester County are teaming up on Tuesday -- National Equal Pay Day -- for a rally at noon in front of White Plains City Hall to protest wage inequality in New York.

The date April 14 signifies how far into 2015 women have to work to earn the same level of income that men earned in 2014. In other words, the average woman would need to work 15 months in order to make one year of the average man’s pay. The statewide wage gap of 84 percent is less than the national average, but it costs New York women annually in lost income.

The leaders organizing the rally include the Westchester Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, AAUW-Westchester, 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, and the Westchester Women’s Agenda.

They will be joined by other local groups as well as county and state lawmakers who are champions of women’s rights.

White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach and the Westchester County Board of Legislators have each issued separate proclamations stating that April 14 is Equal Pay Day in White Plains and the county.

The groups also enthusiastically support the passage of New York Assembly bill A6075 which already passed unanimously in the state’s Senate earlier this year. The legislation targets pay discrimination which results in a wage gap that deprives women and their families of much need financial resources and long-term security. A6075 guarantees workers the right to share salary information without penalty, which creates wage transparency, and makes detection of wage discrimination easier.

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