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New York needs law so women can garner equal pay

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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New York needs law so women can garner equal pay

April 8 marks the day in 2014 that the average woman’s earnings will catch up to what the average man earned in 2013. That’s ridiculous, isn’t it? Some might find it downright appalling.

Why should there be a three-month lag in salaries and wages for women? In fact, women of color have an even larger discrepancy. In today’s economy, this gap just doesn’t make any sense. And would you believe it isn’t even impossible or difficult to correct? Some collective action is in order.

The Equal Pay Coalition NYC and the New York State Pay Equity Coalition are working on leveling the economic playing field for women and minorities and their families. Now, with the help of the Women’s Equality Coalition, the hope is to make major progress on the Women’s Equality Act legislation and the pay equity bills that the state Assembly has championed and will be passing on Equal Pay Day.

Our local branch (Amsterdam, Gloversville, Johnstown) of AAUW is committed to raising public awareness that equity in pay is still an issue. We have contacted 24 local governments urging mayors and supervisors to adopt a state Municipal Equal Pay Day proclamation on April 8.

We ask for your help by contacting local and state representatives to remind them that nine out of 10 New York voters agree that equal pay should be a priority.

Jennifer Garren

Gloversville

The writer is public policy chair for AGJ-AAUW [Amsterdam, Gloversville, Johnstown Association of American University Women.

No place for Polish slur by commentator

The Polish American Congress is deeply concerned about an upsurge in anti-Polish stereotyping an the fact that CBS sports broadcaster and local resident Andrew Catalon has now become a part of that surge.

According to the March 25 Gazette article, Mr. Catalon created the phrase “hack-a-Polack” as a criticism of Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski at an NCAA basketball game in San Diego.

Our community is very sensitive to these types of negative comments, not only regarding those of Polish descent, but also directed at other ethnic and racial groups.

By their hard work and dedication, our forefathers and those who followed contributed to the growth of these United States and proved to be some of the best citizens this country has ever had.

Hats off to deacon Joe Cechnicki and Joe Kaczynski of Schenectady, as well as Mark Pastuszak of Amsterdam, for their comments in support of removing any and all types of discriminatory remarks against those of us hyphenated Americans [March 25 Gazette].

Teresa Kuziara Bunk

Watervliet

The writer is president of the Polish American Congress Inc., central division of New York state.

More parking needed around Proctors

Recently my mom and I had to miss “The Book of Mormon” at Proctors because there was not a single parking space to be found!

We have had difficulties finding parking spaces at other shows, too, and wonder if the city is aware of this problem.

We arrive 45 minutes or more before shows but still have problems. Most of the audience at these Thursday shows is elderly and walking long distances may not be an option.

Are there any plans to maybe build second or third stories to any existing lots or make a parking lot of the empty space next to the bakery? What about finding a bigger lot farther from Proctors and busing people in from there?

My mom and I are loyal patrons of Proctors and would hate to give that up but if parking continues to be such a problem we may have to.

Carol Heermance

Greenwich

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