Boycott Macy's & Kroger Until They Support Equal Pay
While Macy's and Kroger are busy convincing Moms and Millennials to spend money on clothes and lunch boxes at back-to-school sales, these companies are also busy trying to stop young women and moms from getting equal pay for equal work.
It sounds crazy, but it's true: the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Macy's, Kroger, and a few smaller retailers sent a letter to Governor Rick Perry asking him to veto the equal pay law, HB 950. The bill was written by Senator Wendy Davis and Representative Senfronia Thompson and approved by the Texas Legislature. This law gives legal standing to women who are paid less for doing the same job as a man.
Enough is enough - click here to tell Macy's & Kroger you are boycotting until they support equal pay!
Press on Macy's & Kroger Boycott
- Houston Chronicle: "Perry vetoed wage bill after getting letters from retailers" - original story
- MSNBC - "TX Group Calls for Macy's Boycott"
- Huffington Post: "Kroger, Macy's Face Boycott Call After Opposing Equal Pay Bill"
- NPR: " "Texans Call For Boycott of Retailers That Fought Wage Bill"
- KTRK-TV Houston: "Macy's, Kroger at Center of Equal Pay Law Fallout"
- Houston Chronicle: "Macy's & Kroger face fallout for lobbying to veto Lilly Ledbetter bill"
- San Antonio Express-News: "Macy's & Kroger face Lilly Ledbetter veto fallout"
- Burnt Orange Report: "You Really Shouldn't Shop There: The Businesses That Told Perry to Veto Equal Pay"
- Texas Public Radio: "People Across Nation Joining Boycott of Macy's And Kroger Over Anti-Fair Pay Stance"
- Cincinnati Business Courier: "Macy's, Kroger face boycott"
KTRK-TV Houston (ABC)
KEYE-TV Austin (CBS)
Background on House Bill 950 + Perry's Veto
During the regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, Democrat Senator Wendy Davis and Democrat Representative Senfronia Thompson authored and passed House Bill 950, which gives legal standing to women who are paid less for doing the same job as a man.
On Friday June 14th, Governor Rick Perry vetoed House Bill 950. As the Houston Chronicle reported ("Perry vetoed wage bill after getting letters from retailers"), Governor Perry was urged by retailers such as Macy's and Kroger in a letter to veto the bill - which he ultimately did. Perry's veto statement inaccurately stated that House Bill 950 "duplicates federal law" - which it doesn't. Both the Fort Worth Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court have stated that the Texas law is necessary.
To learn more about why Governor Perry, Macy's and Kroger are wrong to say the Equal Pay Act duplicates federal law, please read our memo below.
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