Gray Matters Coalition is a grass roots special interest group dedicated to employment reform, ending aged discrimination in the work place, and addressing important issues that adversely affect workers as they age.
AGE DISCRIMINATION IS A PEOPLE PROBLEM
The one issue that most people agree on is that ageism /age discrimination is an egregious example of civil rights injustices perpetrated against American workers as they age. It crosses all boundaries, main street American, social, cultural, ethnicities, gender, economic, political, religious, special interests, women, veterans, disabilities, seniors, labor, and union members and more. It’s a people problem, people age!
Men 50 and older are primary targets, typically among the long term unemployed or permanently under unemployed or unemployed. Because women typically do not receive equal pay; their workers shelf life is 3 to 5 years longer, however eventually both experience the same demise.
Money driven corporate executives interested only in making big bonuses,have no stake in the long term success or failure of companies or workers; systematically discard older workers to create false profits.
The Inevitable Downward Cycle
Born between 1946 and 1964, boomers make up the largest single group of people born in American history and became a formidable work force. 78 million strong and 28% of the American population, boomers and 40 something’s combined can make a decisive impact in an election. Ironically they are under the political radar. Unorganized, without proper representation or a political voice; they are “Virtually Invisible.”
Workers are hired with promises of a glowing future, advancement, retirement plans, education incentives’, bonuses for staying on as long term, loyal employees. Only to learn at age 50, they are being targeted by companies no longer wanting to honor contacts, 401K’s, retirement contributions, rising insurance costs and salaries.
Once the downward mobility cycle begins, it is almost irreversible, and pressure from the top inevitably perpetuates the cycle. If you are lucky, you’ll get a severance package, believing your experience speaks for itself & a new job is imminent. Only to learn that like driving a new car off the lot-some where between 40 & 50 you have lost your value. A devastating realization experienced by millions every year.
In good conscience, with the realization of the plight of future generations,we must not pass the torch of age discrimination on to our children.
Small Window of Opportunity
Time is running out; we do not have the luxury of waiting five or ten years! With the passage of time, the wisdom of a sympathetic older congress will be replaced with a generation of representatives without a conscience, and little or no understanding of work place issues facing older workers. They are the same people , who want to end medicare, social security , minimum wage, public education,city-state services and leave millions of the long term unemployeed with out unemployment benefits and national healthcare.
Our mission is to bring age discrimination issues to the forefront of national awareness, become a powerful political voice in shaping laws and policies in civil rights law that will protect workers as they age.
United in a commonality of purpose, we the people as one voice and vote can be the decisive factor that will end age discrimination in the work place. Organize, unite and take a stand! Yes we can!!!
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO REGISTER : and be involved in sending a message to local, state representatives and congress that [40 something’s + 50+ers + seniors] are serious about defending their rights to work , end age discrimination in the work place and reclaim their civil rights & all of their rights in the work place.
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Martin Luther King JR… “We shall have to repent in this generation, not so much for the evil deeds of wicked people, but for the appalling silence of the good people .”