Friday, January 31, 2014

Alaffia’s Response to the State of the Union

Today, women make up about half our workforce.  But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.  That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work.  She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job.  A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too.  It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.  This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves.  Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.” - President Barack Obama

This week the President said, in his State of the Union address, if you put in a hard day’s work, you deserve fair compensation. He also stated that raising the wage for workers is good for the economy and for America. At Alaffia we believe this applies not only to the United States, but across the globe. Everyone deserves equal pay for equal work and the opportunity to provide for their family. We are working to make this happen by paying fair prices for raw materials, fair wages to employees, and through our empowerment projects. If we come together to make this a reality, not just in the United States, but globally, everyone will have the ability to lead an empowered life.
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