June 20, 2016
Washington, D.C. – On June 14th, Ariana Davis, a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) member from Local 21 in Seattle, Washington, shared the stage with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Oprah at the White House United State of Women Summit.
The White House United State of Women Summit was put together to provide solutions to key gender equality issues. In 38% of households, women are the primary breadwinners. When women earn less than men for no reason, it negatively impacts families in every community. Working to solve gender equality questions will help hard-working people to live better lives.
– 8 million women in America belong to a union.
– A union contract offers a way to give women both equal pay and an equal say in their workplace.
– Union membership boosts wages for all workers—but women experience especially large advantages.
– The wage gap among union members is less than half the size of the wage gap among non-union workers, and female union members typically earn $230 more per week than women who are not represented by unions—a larger wage premium than men receive.
*** UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million members.