Target: Louisiana State legislature
Goal: Commend lawmakers for approving equal pay for women
Louisiana State legislature just passed a measure that prohibits state government from paying lower wages based on gender of employees for the same job. The bill will now go to the governor’s desk for consideration. This legislation is a good first step to ensuring that women get equal pay for equal work in the state of Louisiana. Lawmakers deserve commendation for their support of the bill.
In Louisiana, women earn 69 cents for every dollar that men earn for performing the same job and holding the same title. Inequality is worse in the private sector. Unfortunately, a version of the bill that included all employers in the state failed. Sen. Edwin Murray (D-New Orleans), the bill’s sponsor, had to rewrite the bill and restrict it to state employees to get enough support from other lawmakers.
Even with this downgrade, Mr. Murray said that he was satisfied with the bill’s final form, calling it needed progress. He will consider introducing an expanded proposal in a year or two. In the meantime, it is important to thank lawmakers for doing the right thing for women in the state. Sign below if you agree.
Dear Mr. Murray,
Thank you for pushing a bill that ensures women get fair pay for their work in the public sector. This piece of legislation should be a model for the nation to follow. It is simply unacceptable that in Louisiana women make 69 cents for each dollar earned by a man. It is not much better nationally, where women make 77 cents per dollar.
We live in the 21st century, and many women are the sole breadwinners in the household. If two people hold the same position and do the same work, they should be rewarded equally. It also should not matter whether that work is performed for the government or a private company. Unfortunately, that version of your bill did not have enough votes to pass.
Legislation that passed both chambers is a wonderful first step towards pay equality in the workplace. Hopefully in the future it will include all employees in Louisiana, not just public sector employees. Thank you again for supporting women and equality in the workplace.
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