For Immediate Release
November 10, 2015
Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected] or 212-274-7294
Planned Parenthood of New York City Supports Fight for $15 National Day of Action
Announces Increased Minimum Wage for All PPNYC Employees
NEW YORK — Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) strongly supports the movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, which would help ensure that all workers are able to support themselves and their families. On July 29, 2015, PPNYC’s board approved a minimum wage increase and we are pleased to announce that the organization will phase in an increased minimum wage for our employees to at least $15 an hour, by January 2017.
"As one of New York City's leading sexual and reproductive health care providers, we care for patients every day who are working full-time yet are struggling to make ends meet," said Joan Malin, PPNYC President and CEO. "We know that all the issues affecting our patients are closely connected—from lack of access to health care and housing, to economic insecurity and discrimination. Our patients and employees—and all people—deserve a fair living wage that allows them to afford health care, education, housing, childcare, transportation and other needs to care for themselves and their families and to shape their own futures."
The Fight for $15 movement started in New York City with a fast food worker strike and has expanded nationally and even internationally. An increased minimum wage would especially help women, who make up two-thirds of the nearly 20 million Americans working low-wage jobs. It would particularly help women of color, who get paid less than anyone else for their work.
According to the latest data from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), full-time, white working women earn just 78 cents on average for every dollar a white man earns. African-American women earn 63 cents and Latinas earn 54 cents for every dollar a white man earns.
"Low-wage jobs and the gender pay gap both undermine the well-being of women, their families, and their communities," said Malin. "We support an across-the-board increase of the minimum wage, and we believe that all people deserve equal pay for equal work."
The minimum wage for PPNYC staff will increase to $14 an hour for most titles on January 1, 2016, and to at least $15 an hour on January 1, 2017.
For an interview with a PPNYC spokesperson, please contact Carrie Mumah at 212-274-7294 or [email protected]
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving nearly 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
November 10, 2015