FALMOUTH — Steve Woods, Democratic candidate for state Senate, said the best way to observe Mother’s Day is to help women achieve pay parity while protecting their right to make personal health care decisions without government interference.
“I’m proud that my record as CEO of a major company includes paying women on par with men and promoting them to positions of the highest trust and authority within my organizations,” Woods said. “Government should be helping women achieve their goals, not meddling in their medical affairs.”
In particular, at Woods’s Falmouth-based companies:
• Women make up 64% of the work force
• Woods has hired more than 100 female employees to his organizations
• 30% of current female employees have received a promotion in the last 12 months
• 2 of the company’s 4 top executives are women, including VP of business operations
• Woods put business controls in place to ensure equal pay for men and women
• Woods recognizes $10.10 as the standard hourly pay, beginning with interns
• TideSmart Global participates annually in the Best Places to Work program
• Woods offers comprehensive health insurance plans with coverage for all aspects of care without interference into women’s health care decisions
Woods said he would commemorate Mother’s Day in his hometown with a Saturday event highlighting the prominence of women’s issues in the 2014 election. The event, sponsored by the Maine Democratic Party, is 9 am to noon at Ice It Bakery, U.S. Rt. 1, Yarmouth.
“Join us to celebrate pay equity and health care freedom for women,” Woods said, “and don’t forget to vote June 10 for candidates with a real track record supporting women’s rights.”