Sen. Garcia Cancels Macy's Event For Not Supporting Equal Pay
In a strong stand with Texas women, State Senator Sylvia Garcia (D) has cancelled an appearance at the Macy's Galleria in Hildalgo to kick-off the 2013 Back-to-School Sale Tax Holiday. We applaud Senator Garcia for her leadership and for supporting equal pay for equal work.
The Senator released the following statement earlier today:
"While I strongly support the tax free weekend that allows parents struggling to provide clothing and supplies for their children before they return to school, I was dismayed to learn that Macy's and Kroger would oppose equal pay for equal work. As a co-sponsor of the legislation and supporter of equal rights, I am supporting the call to boycott until these stores reverse their position and declare their support for equal pay, " stated Senator Garcia.
UPDATE (5:06 PM): Representative Senfronia Thompson also cancelled her appearance at Macy's. Her office released the following statement:
“Upon learning that Macy’s had pressured Governor Perry to veto the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, I decided to cancel my appearance at today’s press conference. HB 950 passed both chambers with bipartisan support, and until Macy’s and other retailers that oppose common sense legislation get on board with equal pay for equal work, I will not be patronizing any of them. I will not support these retailers until they support Texas women."
"Because I support the Sales Tax Holiday as a means for Texas families to save on back-to-school items for their children, I urged Senator Ellis to go on with today’s press conference since we know he’s got Texas’ women’s back.”
“This bill is about letting Texans solve Texas problems to take care of Texas wage disputes.”