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Linda Meric
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Linda Meric is Executive Director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, an inclusive multi-racial membership-based organization founded in 1973 to strengthen the ability of low-income women to win economic justice through grassroots organizing and policy advocacy.

Under Linda’s leadership, 9to5 has won important victories on minimum wage, good jobs, work-family, anti-discrimination, pay equity, welfare, child care and other issues affecting low-income women. Linda has spent more than 30 years as a labor and community organizer. She also serves as an adjunct professor specializing in sexual harassment and other workplace issues.

Linda was a member of the 2007 Governor's Colorado Pay Equity Commission, serves in the leadership of several state and national policy coalitions, and has received several awards for her work with and on behalf of low-income women, including the "Be Bold" Award 2007 presented by the Women's Foundation of Colorado and the 2009 Advancing Equality Award presented by the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado. She is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Forum, a progressive media organization.

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Unpredictable, Inflexible Schedules Burden Women; We Need Schedules That Work

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Joi Jackson works full-time at a call center. As a single mom with four kids, she struggles to get her kids to and from child care. Schedule flexibility to meet family needs at her place of employment is practically nonexistent.

She is faced with an impossible decision: keep her...

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Expand FMLA -- Good for Women, Good for Families, Good for All

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:15 PM



The 21st anniversary of the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act on August 5 provides an important moment to examine how far our nation has come since President Clinton signed FMLA into law in 1993 and how far we still need to go.

First drafted in 1984,...

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African American Women Disproportionately Suffer From the Wage Gap

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:31 PM

Today, July 16, 9to5 will join partner organizations to recognize African American Women's Equal Pay Day. This day represents how far into 2014 African American women must work to earn what white men earned in 2013 alone.

While we have always recognized the pay gap discrepancies for women of color,...

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The Time for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is Now

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Last Friday marked one year since the passage of immigration reform in the U.S. Senate, without seeing any movement on similar legislation in the House of Representatives. As we mark that inauspicious anniversary, 9to5 stands with immigrant families urging the House to act and President Obama to stop deportations. The...

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The Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave and Paid Sick Days Is Now

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Kim Schofield worked for an intermodal trucking company in Georgia that would not allow her to use the paid sick days she earned to take time off when she was ill unless she returned each time with a doctor's note. This rigid policy was unreasonable when what she needed was...

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Mom's Equal Pay Day Highlights How Far We Still Have to Go

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 3:14 PM

When 9to5 member Kiki Peppard was a young mom she had 19 different job interviews where she was denied employment because she had to reveal the fact that she was a single mom.

For last two decades she has led a fight for state legislation to stop parental discrimination that...

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President Obama Takes Executive Action for Equal Pay: Now It's Time for Congress to Do Its Part

(10) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:03 PM

9to5 applauds President Obama's two executive actions aimed at ending pay discrimination against women and people of color. The president is expected to sign the executive orders during an event at the White House on April 8 for Equal Pay Day, a day which women's rights advocates recognize...

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Fair Pay for Women Starts With a Fair Minimum Wage

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:44 PM

It's time for jobs that boost women, families and communities. Women are now the primary or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American households and more women are working today than ever before. So, when women do well, our economy does well.

Increasing the minimum wage is one step that...

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Paid Leave Keeps Women in Their Jobs and That's Good for the Economy

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:42 PM

February 5 marks the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). At the time, FMLA was a groundbreaking law -- a great first step toward ensuring that we can all succeed at being both breadwinners and caregivers. The law has been used more than

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Yes, We Can! 40 Years of Winning Justice for Working Women

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 6:26 PM

The year was 1973. Women were starting to make great strides. Roe v. Wade made abortion a constitutional right; Captain Emily Howell Warner became the first female pilot hired by a U.S. commercial airline; and Bobby Riggs lost to Billie Jean King in the tennis match dubbed "The Battle of...

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Why I Got Arrested in Washington, D.C.

(13) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 11:07 AM

I was arrested on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Washington, D.C., with 104 other women, partly because I am a mother and grandmother. I have that unwavering instinct that mothers possess to want to protect our children, work to put food on the table and do what's necessary to ensure...

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Restaurant Industry Shortchanges Working Mothers: Child Care and the Third Shift

(12) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 10:29 AM

According to a new report "The Third Shift: Child Care Needs and Access for Working Mothers in Restaurants," released today by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, 9to5 and others, female restaurant workers pay penalties for both gender and motherhood. Despite representing one of the largest segments of the U.S. economy and...

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Stop the Blame Game: We Can Create an Economy That Works for All

(9) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:21 PM

Bridget Piggery, a single mother of four, was a restaurant server at Applebee's making minimum wage at $2.33 an hour. Unable to afford the basics like rent or transportation, she was forced to move in with her mother. "I was a good server, I worked hard, I worked double shifts...

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50 Years After the Equal Pay Act, Women Are Still Fighting for Equality

(7) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 2:17 PM

Sara*, a veteran of the armed forces, worked her way up from secretary to sales representative for a construction supply company. After winning more than $1 million in contracts for her employer, she was surprised that she hadn't received a commission like her male co-workers. When she asked her supervisor...

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Paid Sick Days Movement Heats Up

(3) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Patricia, a home health care aide from Colorado, attended to a man who is quadriplegic. When Patricia came down with food poisoning, her life unraveled. Her condition progressed to pneumonia caused from the vomit that spilled into her lungs. When her temperature spiked to 104 degrees, she took three days...

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17 Million Women Are Owed a Raise: 9to5 Supports the Fair Minimum Wage Act

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 3:17 PM

On International Woman's Day, March 8, women throughout the world will celebrate our achievements -- recognizing how far we've come. It's true that we've made a lot of progress. A few women like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Google CEO Marissa Mayer have shattered the glass ceiling and shot to...

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FMLA Anniversary: Celebrating 20 Years of Strengthening Families

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 4:02 PM

Anyone with common sense would agree that healthy families are essential to a robust economy. That's why it's worth celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act on February 5; one of the most significant advances for working families in our nation's history. In 1993, FMLA transformed the...

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The Fiscal Cliff, Bah Humbug: It's Time Congress Redeems Itself

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:21 AM

The holidays are upon us - a time to make merry and spread good cheer. But there is a more contemplative side to this season as well - a time for self-reflection and for thinking of others who need our help.

I hope that Congress is practicing the latter...

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Expanding Opportunity Means a Stronger Workforce, Economy and Country

(10) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 9:43 AM

What makes America's workforce strong and our economy globally competitive?

Our economy and our country do better when all of us have a fair chance at the American Dream, an opportunity to recognize and fulfill our potential. To make that dream a reality, our nation's colleges and universities must have...

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Binders Full of Women Come Up Empty

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 12:10 PM

The equation couldn't be easier. Women represent more than half of the electorate and nearly half the workforce. So you'd think that President Obama and Governor Romney, vying to win the women's vote, would focus on pay equity and its direct link to a healthy economy. But no, it took...

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