Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

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Educators and school staff pay raises, increasing Louisiana’s minimum wage, and closing the gender-gap pay are three of the major issues to be faced by our upcoming legislative session. The last raise received by educators was granted by Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco over a decade ago when she increased the pay to the Southern average. There is a big push to get the salaries in line with the Southern regional average. It is strongly felt that no one working forty hours a week should have to live below the poverty line and rely on government assistance just to make ends meet. It’s stated a minimum wage increase helps to provide for our workers and insures they don’t have to pick between eating that night or going to a doctor. Louisiana has the largest gender pay gap in America. Women make an average of 65 cents for every dollar a man makes and it is even worse for women of color who make 48 cents for every dollar a white man does. No one in our society should be paid less to do the same job because of their race, color, gender or identity.



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