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Linda Meric
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.

Entries by Linda Meric

35 Years Later, 9to5 is Still Making Waves

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 11:20 AM

35 years ago, courts were just starting to rule that sexual harassment was against the law; women earned only 60 cents for every dollar earned by men, and paid maternity leave was not even a pipe dream. At box offices across the country, the film 9 to 5 received both...

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Congress: Put Families' Needs Over Corporate Greed

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Remember the game, "Would you rather"? Let's play. Would you rather give CEOs even bigger bonuses or support a struggling family to put food on their table? Would you rather purchase an all-expense paid vacation for a corporation's top sales executive or help make child care affordable for a working...

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Ban the Box Is a Win for Women

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 2:32 PM

I let out a cheer when I saw the news Monday that President Obama signed an executive order to Ban the Box, creating a more level playing field for people with records. When 9to5 started organizing to Ban the Box in Georgia in 2011 and create fair hiring practices on...

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The Time for Equal Pay is Embarrassingly Overdue

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 1:21 PM

Equal Pay Day came and went this week but pay equity is a stubborn problem that demands our attention beyond a symbolic day on the calendar.

We must continue the dialogue. The most recent data (2013) from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that overall, women...

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All Women, Including LGBT Women, Need Economic Security and Equal Opportunity Now

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Low wages, unequal pay, lack of access to paid leave and affordable child care, unpredictable and inflexible schedules, workplace discrimination and harassment -- these issues and more face all low-wage and low-income women in the workforce. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are among those most at risk of...

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The Healthy Families Act: For Healthy Families, Healthy Businesses and a Healthy Economy

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 3:03 PM

Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT) re-introduced the Healthy Families Act (HFA) on the heels of another city victory in Philadelphia today - legislation called for by President Obama in his State of the Union address that will establish a much-needed national paid sick days...

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President Obama's Announcement a Historic Win for Working Families

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 4:55 PM

9to5 and our members applaud President Obama's announcement that he will aggressively address the lack of paid sick days and family leave for millions of working families.

In an historic announcement, made through the unique channel of LinkedIn, via his senior advisor on working families Valerie Jarret,...

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We Must End Racial Profiling and Deadly Police Brutality

(16) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Mothers across the country are taking to the streets to demand accountability and change in American policing that criminalizes African Americans regardless of actual crimes committed. The deplorable failure of a grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown is just the latest evidence...

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Activists Applaud Executive Action on Immigration, But It's Not Enough

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Marcela Cervantes, who was three years old when she came to Colorado, says about her family, "We came to Colorado from Leon, Guanajuato in Mexico. My grandmother brought us to the United States for a better life, so my mom could find better work and provide for us since she...

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When Women Vote, Women Win

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 3:22 PM

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was passed 36 years ago Friday. Yet stories of women like Peggy Young, a United Parcel Service driver forced to take unpaid leave when she was pregnant and denied the "light duty" her medical provider prescribed, remind us how far we still have...

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Recession Ends and Millions of Women Are Still Trapped in Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Poverty is a women's issue. Nearly six in 10 poor adults are women, and more than half of all poor children live in families headed by women. Poverty rates are especially high for single mothers, women of color and elderly women living alone.

After four years of economic...

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Women's Equality Day: Voices Unite to Say #WEMatter

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Women's Equality Day, August 26, celebrates the anniversary of the day Congress stopped denying women the right to vote: a key moment in our history brought about by women organizing to demand equal rights under the law.

While the civil rights movement for women has achieved monumental gains since...

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

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:41 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 | 3:15 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 | 7:31 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 | 3:41 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 | 11:44 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 | 4:14 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 | 8:03 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 | 6:44 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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