As I was doing a little grocery shopping at the little HEB in Bellaire, and scrolling though my Facebook app on the phone, I found out that State Rep. Senfronia Thompson has also joined the boycott of Kroger’s and Macy’s.
“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,” Thompson said in a press release. “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.”
Regarding Rick Perry’s reasoning for vetoing the bill, Thompson provided a dose of reality for those who may consider themselves “pro-business” and back Perry’s boycott.
But Thompson said “federal courts are more expensive for both plaintiffs and defendants while state courts are available in every county and are less costly. This bill is about letting Texans solve Texas problems to take care of Texas wage disputes.”
Meanwhile, I might check out Dillard’s this weekend.
Sign Progress Texas’ petition and join the boycott.
It was quite disappointing to hear that two of my favorite stores, Kroger’s and Macy’s, lobbied and sent a letter to Rick Perry asking him to veto the Equal Pay bill passed by a bipartisan Texas Legislature. Rick Perry responded by vetoing the bill.
The bill, authored by State Senator Wendy Davis and State Rep. Senfornia Thompson, would have given legal standing to women who are paid less for doing the same job as a man.
Progress Texas is asking Texans to sign a petition and to join a boycott of Kroger’s and Macys until they reverse their position on the Texas Equal Pay Law.
Your opposition is infuriating. It is shameful that while you are busy convincing Moms and Millennials to spend money on clothes and lunch boxes at back-to-school sales, you are advocating behind their backs to deny women equal pay for equal work.
In response to the news of Macy’s involvement, State Senator Sylvia Garcia (Senate District 6) cancelled an appearance at Macy’s in the Galleria which would have commemorated the 2013 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday.
“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.
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