GST Cervantes: Latina Equal Pay is a Family Issue

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, fifth from left, shows her support for closing the Latina equal pay gap at AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington, DC.

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, fifth from left, shows her support for closing the Latina equal pay gap at AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Dora Cervantes sees Latinas working far too much for far too little.

The IAM’s General Secretary-Treasurer is one of the highest-ranking Latinas in the U.S. labor movement, and she wants to make the Latina working women’s pay gap a thing of the past.

She recently pledged the IAM’s support to National Latina Equal Pay Day, or the Trabajadoras (Latina workers) campaign, taking place November 1. The date signifies the amount of time into 2016 a Latina has to work to earn what a white man made in 2015.

Latina workers are paid 54 cents for each dollar made by their white male counterparts, according to study by the American Association of University Women. Despite many Latinas being breadwinners for their families, they tend to be underpaid and overrepresented in the lowest paying job sectors.

“Equal pay is a Latina issue, it is a family issue and it is one that should be a concern for everyone in our country,” Cervantes said at the Trabajadoras campaign kickoff.

Cervantes joined other labor leaders to publicize the effort, a joint venture by the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Click here to learn more about the Trabajadoras campaign.

Cervantes also encouraged Latinas to make their political might felt at the ballot box—in this election and in every election. By 2060, one in seven people in the United States are expected to be Latina.

“In order for us to truly show our commitment and solidarity with Latina workers, we must show that we stand with them at the ballot box, in the union halls and at the bargaining table by publicly speaking out on their behalf,” said Cervantes.

Join the Trabajadoras campaign by showing your support on Tuesday, November 1. Use the hashtag #Trabajadoras on Facebook and Twitter to share why Latina workers deserve equal pay. Click here for more information