Cephas to host Policy Committee hearing about Janus vs. AFSCME ruling’s impact on women of color Tuesday in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 2 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on how a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on unions impacts women of color.

The hearing will be held at noon Tuesday, Aug. 7 at District 1199 Union Hall, 1319 Locust St., 19107.

Cephas requested the hearing to discuss the Janus vs. AFSCME case and how the justices’ ruling against unions affects women of color. According to the National Women’s Law Center, Women represented by a union are paid 15 percent more than those who are not, and women of color represented by unions are closer to closing the wage gap with black women making 77 cents and Latina women making 75 cents to every dollar white men make. Cephas will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.    

The current agenda is:
    12 p.m.            Welcome and opening remarks
    12:10 p.m.       Panel One:
                             •   Amal Bass, staff attorney, Women’s Law Project
                             •   Representative from POWER
    12:40 p.m.      Panel of union leaders:
                            •   Chris Woods, executive vice president, District 1199C
                            •   Bonnee Breese Bentum, board member, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
                            •   Lynn Baylor, member, AFSCME District Council 47
    1:20 p.m.        Panel of union workers
    1:50 p.m.        Closing remarks     

The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials.