November 17, 2010
Cynthia Leonor Garza
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On the U.S. Senate’s Refusal To Move Forward with
Paycheck Fairness Act
WASHINGTON—It is disheartening that every Republican senator put partisan politics ahead of fairness by refusing to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Now, more than a decade into the 21st century, it is astonishing that there are those who do not believe a woman has the right to receive the full paycheck she has earned.
Women’s wages have remained static for decades, and they typically earn about 77 cents for every $1 that men earn for the same work. This legislation would have gone a long way toward leveling the playing field for women by eliminating loopholes in current law that have created systemic wage gaps between men and women.
The American Federation of Teachers will continue to advocate for bills like this one that ensure women receive the pay they have earned and deserve.
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.