THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
VICE PRESIDENT GORE APPLAUDS 800 EMPLOYERS, UNIONS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR FAMILY-FRIENDLY WORK POLICIES Vice President Releases Report on Labor Department's Working Women Count Honor Roll
WASHINGTON -- The Vice President today (6/5) applauded 800 employers, unions, and other organizations for making tangible changes that help working women, releasing the final report on the Labor Department's Working Women Count Honor Roll.
"Each company that made the Honor Roll is making a difference for women, families and our nation's economy," said the Vice President. "Through family-friendly workplace policies -- America's economic progress can continue and America can enter the 21st Century with an economy that is the envy of the world."
The Vice President announced the release of the report at the Labor Department's National Working Women's Summit, broadcast via satellite to more than 20,000 women, advocates, union representatives and others at 450 locations around the nation. Speaking from USDA's Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, the Vice President joined Labor Secretary Alexis Herman for the summit with the theme: Economic Equity -- Realities, Responsibilities and Rewards.
President Clinton launched the Working Women Count Honor Roll program in September, 1995 in response to a national Administration questionnaire in 1994 of 250,000 women. More than 1,300 businesses and organizations across the nation applied to be recognized in the Honor Roll by offering pledges to make tangible change that would help women in one of three key areas (1) balancing work and family; (2) better pay and benefits; and (3) more respect and opportunity on the job.
The 800 businesses and organizations on the Honor Roll include small businesses and giant corporations, schools and unions, local governments, newspapers and Internet groups. Some of the pledges made by the businesses and organizations included: flexible work schedules, child care on snow days, paid family leave, business school scholarships, training in non-traditional jobs, and better health benefits.
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