A message from CLUW:
It's been 45 years since equal pay became law, but working women still are not paid as much as men for the same work.
The Coalition of Labor Union Women, along with the National Committee on Pay Equity, the AFL-CIO and coalition partners, have declared Tuesday, April 22 Equal Pay Day for 2008 and have planned Equal Pay Day events, including a news conference and a National Call-Your-Senators Day to pass the Fair Pay Restoration Act (S. 1843).
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next Wednesday, so CLUW urges you to contact your Senators on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Call them toll-free at 866-336-1015 or send an e-mail urging them to vote for S. 1843.
To learn more about the Fair Pay Restoration Act, read the AFL-CIO blog on Equal Pay Day. The blog invites you to leave your comments about pay discrimination.
If you're in the Washington, DC area, make plans to attend the Wednesday, April 23 Capitol Hill news conference on the Fair Pay Restoration Act (11 a.m. in Senate Russell Rm. 385). Speakers include Senator Ted Kennedy, Representative George Miller (chair of the House Education and Labor Committee), AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and CLUW President Marsha Zakowski. "Women in the U.S. are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. If we are only paid 77 cents when we should get a dollar, our families suffer and the community suffers," said President Zakowski.
CLUW also encourages you to wear red on Equal Pay Day as a symbol of how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay.
Thanks for raising awareness about the decades-old promise of equal pay for equal work. Please visit the CLUW website for updates and additional information.