March 09, 2000
March 09, 2000
One in four working women in the U.S. today holds a job with normal hours at night or on weekends, as do 23 percent of women in Ohio, according to a new poll conducted by Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates for the AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization for America’s unions. Half of working women polled nationwide, and four out of ten in Ohio work different hours than their spouses or partners.
Working women polled in Ohio and across the nation also report remarkable unanimity in their top job-related legislative priorities: equal pay, paid family leave, health care and retirement security were the top concerns of women despite race, income or educational level.
The survey found:
Working women say they want a strong voice in the workplace and they want respect - - they see working together as a way to achieve their goals. More than three-quarters of women polled say respect and recognition for a job well done is what they want most on the job - - that figure rises to 84 percent among women making less than $25,000 a year. About eight in 10 working women in Ohio and the nation say that they want the backing of an organization.
This poll showed that working women who were members of unions were more likely than women without a union to have employer-provided pension and health benefits, equal pay, paid sick leave and family leave. In 1997, women who were covered by collective bargaining agreements in Ohio made 41 percent more than women who were not and made more than non-unionized men, according to the State of Working Ohio, written by Amy Hanauer and Mark Cassell and published last year by the Northeast Ohio Research Consortium.
“Working Women Say...” is based on a new national telephone survey of 765 working women over the age of 18 nationwide, conducted by Lake Snell Perry & Associates, Inc. research for the AFL-CIO. With more than five million working women members, the AFL-CIO is the nation’s largest organization of working women. The study included an oversample in Ohio, where 176 women were polled. The “Working Women Say...” reports are part of a year-long project by the AFL-CIO Working Women’s Department to highlight women’s issues and concerns going into the 2000 elections.
Lake Snell Perry & Associates, Inc. is a national political research firm, focused on the politics of the women's vote, the youth vote, children as a political issue, and the environmental movement today.
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