Press Release

Statement by AFT President Weingarten On the U.S. Senate’s Refusal To Move Forward with Paycheck Fairness Act

For Release: 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Contact:

Cynthia Leonor Garza
202/879-4447
cgarza@aft.org

 

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.