It’s no secret that New Mexico is slacking when it comes to some really big indicators: hunger, child well-being, job loss, income inequality, and the list goes on. It should be safe to assume that every elected leader in our state is doing everything in their power to address these big important issues, right? One should never assume. Congressman Steve Pearce was home in New Mexico for 17 days last month, plenty of time to host a job fair for single moms in Deming or visit Main Street businesses in Belen to learn how Congress can help them grow. But, we haven’t heard a peep out of Pearce on any of those big issues. Instead of talking to us in our towns, Pearce spent his time at home talking about chickens.
Join us and our friends at El Centro De Igualdad Y Derechos to help us celebrate May Day!
Every day millions of people wake up before the sun and get ready for a full day of work – sometimes backbreaking work. Many of these people are immigrants; they are new aspiring Americans and every day they contribute to our economy and community. Many of these people are the unsung heroes who keep our country going. They build the houses we live in, they own the neighborhood meat market we shop in, they take care of our children, and they ensure the food we buy is at the market when we need it. Today – and every May 1st – we honor them by celebrating International Worker’s Day, or May Day as it’s often called.
We are at a tipping point. Women of all ages, races, and ethnicities in our country are being encouraged to lean in and lead whether that be in our communities, our careers, or in our homes. Women and men are performing the same jobs, yet women are only earning .77 for every $1 that a man earns. It’s 2014. Our lives have changed, but gender-based pay discrimination has not.
Today is Equal Pay Day – the day marked each year that symbolizes when a woman working full time earned as much as a man working full time the previous year.
Yesterday, Senator Martin Heinrich made it clear that raising the federal minimum wage is good for New Mexico and our nation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1pGQxXdK6s
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor in support of raising the minimum wage. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of S. 1737, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, which would raise the hourly federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2015. Senator Heinrich is a strong advocate for raising the national minimum wage. Last September, Heinrich and 14 other Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contract to be paid $10.10 an hour.
On March 18th, Senator Martin Heinrich joined over 175 of his fellow Members of Congress in signing a Bicameral letter urging President Obama to issue an executive order to protect gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual workers from discrimination in the work place. WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) co-signed a letter today calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The letter was led by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (Colo-02) and is signed by more than 175 members of Congress. “[We] urge you to fulfill the promise in your State of the Union address to make this a ‘year of action’ and build upon the momentum of 2013 by signing an executive order banning federal contractors from engaging in employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans,” wrote the signatories. “An executive order covering LGBT employees would be in line with a bipartisan, decades-long commitment to eradicating taxpayer-funded discrimination in the workplace.”
Today Congresswomen Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2014. If passed, this Act will have an enormous effect on many New Mexico families. From her press release, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham states, “This legislation would correct the harmful restrictions that have been placed on legal immigrants’ ability to access affordable health insurance coverage. Limiting access to healthcare has a profound negative impact on families, communities and the nation as a whole and it must be corrected. These immigrants are hardworking taxpayers who deserve to be treated fairly under the system they pay into.”
Although they pay taxes, more than 600,000 legal permanent residents are restricted from receiving federal healthcare benefits.
NM Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard gives an inside look at the Teacher Evaluation System that Gov. Martinez has implemented. Rep. Garcia Richard provides an honest critique of the system as a legislator and a full time teacher during an interview with KANW. You can listen to Rep. Garcia Richard’s interview with Mark Bently from Feb 27th at the podcast below.
The living wage is coming to Santa Fe County! Moments ago the Santa Fe County Commission unanimously voted 5-0 to increase the county’s minimum wage to match the City of Santa Fe. The living wage in Santa Fe County will now be raised to $10.66, also tipped workers in Santa Fe County will be getting a raise to $6.40 an hour. Santa Fe County is the second in the state to recognize the need of tipped workers to also make a living wage. BREAKING: Santa Fe County Commissioners vote 5-0 to expand the City of Santa Fe’s living wage to the rest of the county #RaisetheWage #nmpol
— Working New Mexico (@WorkingNM) February 25, 2014
Hard work deserves fair pay and we couldn’t be more proud of the countless volunteers, organizers, and advocates that brought the living wage to the County of Santa Fe!