Target: Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell
Goal: Ensure equal pay for female employees in similar positions to male counterparts
Last month, the Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have required employers to demonstrate that differences in salary between male and female employees were based around criteria other than gender and prohibited employers from retaliating against employees who shared salary information with their coworkers. The bill’s lack of passage is the direct result of Senate Republicans universally opposing the bill. Their stated reasons for doing so were mostly related to fears that it would create excessive litigation burdening small businesses. However, this is no excuse for continuing to deny women equal pay for equal work.
Statistics show that, within the Senate alone, women make about $7,000 less annually than their male coworkers. The disparity is even more pronounced when focused specifically on GOP employees, where the pay disparity increases to up to about $9000 a year. This wage gap is largely due to an imbalance in the gender of those with influential jobs on Capitol Hill, where women fill 84% of entry level positions but only 41% of positions as chiefs of staff. The passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act would be an excellent starting point to combat this disparity.
Following the failure of the vote, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid used a procedural maneuver which allows him to bring the bill to a vote again at a later date. When he chooses to do so, its passage will depend on the support of Senate Republicans. Ask Mitch McConnell to encourage Republicans to revise their stance on the bill and support equal pay for women.
Dear Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,
Last month, you and your party prevented the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have ensured that payment disparities between male and female employees doing similar jobs be based on criteria other than their gender. This is a shame for women everywhere and a disgrace to your party. Concerns about “unnecessary litigation” or ineffective procedures should be overridden by concerns that hardworking women are not getting the pay they deserve for no reason other than their being women.
In the year 2012, it is unfortunate that we still have to fight frequent battles on such a simple issue as equal pay for equal work. Don’t allow frivolous concerns to stop women from earning the salary they deserve. Pledge that you and other Senate Republicans will support the Paycheck Fairness Act when it comes to a vote again.
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