We wrote to you in November about the uncertain future. In the coming weeks, we will witness that future begin to unfold. Although it is easy to feel helpless in the face of such tremendous change, we know that we must stay active, vigilant, and strong in defense of all the progress we have achieved. Our future depends on us.
On January 21, ABB staff will be marching with tens of thousands of men and women in Washington, DC, New York City, Philadelphia, and Nashville, Tennessee, for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families. We hope many of you will join us to send a strong message to our national leaders of unity and diversity in support of human rights.
We are also voicing our concern about cabinet nominees picked to lead federal agencies tasked with enforcing key protections for millions of working Americans. We are extremely troubled about the nomination of Andrew Puzder as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Mr. Puzder has opposed efforts to achieve equal pay, argued against raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid sick days and paid family and medical leave. His opposition to the programs that benefit workers, especially women and families like the ones we serve every day, is an affront to the position for which he is nominated.
Active, vigilant, and strong: Our future depends on us.
We are also deeply alarmed about the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to lead the U.S. Department of Justice.
He has consistently opposed legislation designed to help women succeed in the workplace, including the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, and has shown disdain for civil rights, describing the Voting Rights Act as a “piece of intrusive legislation.”
A Better Balance is speaking out about these appointments as an organization and we urge those of you who share our concerns to call your Senators to make your voices heard as well.
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We will continue to forge ahead to expand support for workers and their families at the state and local level, where enthusiasm remains as vibrant as ever. And we will continue to defend the rights of workers, particularly low-wage workers, who need allies to stand up for them when the federal government will not.
Thank you for standing with us. Onward.
Dina and Sherry