Everyone knows being a mom is hard work, and balancing the demands of a career and the demands of a family can be even harder. But unions have made contributions that help moms both on and off the job.
Striking a work/family balance can be a challenge for all workers, including moms. Union members earn 14 percent more paid time off than non-union members – time moms can spend with their families.
Earning wages to support themselves and their family matters to mothers. Union women make 33 percent more than their non-union counterparts. That’s 33 percent more to put toward meals, family vacations, and school supplies!
Fighting for working mothers in the halls of power, which haven’t been kind to women, is a priority for unions. Unions don’t just represent the interests of their members when it comes to public policy, they represent all of the 99% – and that includes moms. Unions have played an instrumental role in supporting important legislation for women such as the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and paid sick days across the country.
This Mother’s Day, be sure to share your appreciation with all of the amazing mothers you know. And when you’re celebrating, tell a friend or relative about the important work unions do to support moms throughout the year.
P.S. I love you, Mom!