Press Release

AFT Calls for Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act

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Thursday, May 31, 2012


Carolyn Fiddler

Mitt Romney's Silence Is Latest Evidence of His Failure to Relate to Middle-Class Families

Today, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten called on leaders in Congress and on the campaign trail to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. This vital legislation, which could be voted on by the Senate as early as next week, will address the continuing pay gap between men and women in the workplace. She also called out GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his failure to take a stand on an issue so key to the well-being of working families.

"Congress needs to finish what it started with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act without delay. Even in this day and age, women typically earn only about 77 percent of what men earn, and in many states, that pay gap is even wider. The Paycheck Fairness Act would help remedy these wage disparities and bring an end to the practice of shortchanging America's women and their families.

"When women aren't paid what they deserve, families, kids and communities suffer. America's working women need the protections of the Paycheck Fairness Act, and it's time for Mitt Romney to stand with working families over big corporate interests trying to derail this legislation. Gender-based pay disparity hurts families, hurts the economy, and is just plain wrong. Only someone who is truly out of touch with the middle class and doesn't believe that women deserve equal pay for equal work would remain silent as this battle for basic fairness and pay parity rages on."

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The AFT represents 1.7 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.