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Women's Economic Security Act (WESA) Passes
So much has been going on in the Legislature, culminating months or arduous work and preparation, discussions, and consultations with experts, legislators, and foremost - Voters like you, the reader! The Women's Economic Security Act (WESA) passes:
This is major piece of legislation encompassing various laws that deal with employment fairness, wage fairness, opportunities and wide investments in the future of the State of Minnesota. Rep. Masin was the lead author on the legislative part that dealt with elimination of retaliation against employees who voluntarily discuss their salaries and increase of transparency in the area of wages paid at the workplace.
Gov. Dayton signed this legislation at a festive ceremony in the Governor's Reception Room in the Minnesota State Capitol. The room was filled with legislators, advocates, and their families.
“The Act will provides access to higher wages jobs, wage disclosure protections, pregnancy and nursing accommodations, ensure that women have opportunities to increase their economic security, and more. It tries to address some of the issues that have prevented many women in Minnesota from gaining an economic foothold and helps provide a pathway to prosperity. This is long overdue!"
Patricia Tanji, an Eagan resident and the president of Pay Equity Coalition of MN worked on this Act and its components tirelessly! Senator Sandy Pappas was another important contributor and person to help this act become a reality!
Patty Tanji and Rep. Masin at the signing ceremony
Sen. Pappas, Rep. Masin, and Patty Tanji
Patty, daughter Laura and Rep. Masin