[Libs-Or] Fwd: [APACOUN ] Equal Pay Day and the Paycheck Fairness Act

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 14:06:25 PDT 2009


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From: Jenifer Grady <jgrady at ala.org>
Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 1:48 PM
Subject: [APACOUN ] Equal Pay Day and the Paycheck Fairness Act
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Cc: Michele Leber <michele.leber at comcast.net>

 Please consider supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act by signing onto the
Women's Law Center petition AND supporting Equal Pay Day by wearing RED on
Tuesday, April 28.

The emphasis for Equal Pay Day next Tuesday is the Paycheck Fairness Act,
passed by the House of Representatives on January 9 and awating action in
the Senate.

PFA (S.182) currently has 29 cosponsors in the Senate; see the list at

PFA is desinged to strengthen and update the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and to
require the federal government to be more proactive in preventing and
battling wage crimination. Among other things, PFA also would close a
significant loophole in the Equal Pay Act to allow for full compensation for
sex-based wage discrimination*.  *

*On or before Equal Pay Day, please contact your senators, either to urge
them to support the bill and become cosponsors, or to thank them for their
support.  Call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 or e-mail Senators at


*    *

NCPE will participate in a Congressional hearing on the bill from 2 to
3 pm Thursday, April 30 in Room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
I will present the NCPE Winn Newman Award at that time.

On Equal Pay Day Sen. Tom Harkin will reintroduce the Fair Pay Act, which
calls for equal pay for work of equal value.

NCPE member organizations have been active in promoting Equal Pay Day and
planning events.  Among them are:

    *  AAUW, with its "Keep the Change Until Women Have Real Change"
campaign -
http://www.aauw.org/advocacy/issue_advocacy/actionpages/payequity.cfm - and
recent release of state wage gap information; see attachment.

    *  National Women's Law Center, with its Fair Pay Campaign -
www.nwlc.org/fairpay - and blog at

    *  Coalition for Labor Union Women, urging calls to Senators to support
both PFA and the Employee Free Choice Act; see

    *  BPW, with Equal Pay Day information at

The Center for American Policy Action Fund's program "We're Not There Yet -
Equal Pay Day 2009" will be Monday, April 27 from 10-11:30 am in Washington
DC - see information and invitation at

DC NOW is having a Pay Equity and Financial Literacy Conference on Saturday,
April 25; see http://sites.google.com/site/washingtondcnow/

NOW has a national cartoon contest, closing today - see below.

NCPE's Equal Pay Day information at http://www.pay-equity.org/day.html includes
an interactive Activity Response Form at
http://www.pay-equity.org/day-kit-proclamation.html.  Let us know how you
and/or your organization will observe the day.

Michele Leber, Chair
National Committee on Pay Equity
c/o AFT
555 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001-2029
Attn: C. Cordovilla
Tel: (703) 920-2010
Fax: (703) 979-6372 Attn: M. Leber
fairpay at pay-equity.org

Diedre Conkling
diedre08 at gmail.com
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