Paycheck Fairness Act Sign On Letter

Co-Sponsor and Support the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797, H.R. 1519) 

 

May 25, 2012 

 

Dear Member of Congress: 

 

On behalf of a broad coalition of organizations that promote economic opportunity for women 

and full enforcement of antidiscrimination laws, we strongly urge you to support and co-sponsor 

the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was reintroduced in the 112th Congress. The Paycheck 

Fairness Act has twice passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and it fell just two votes short 

of a Senate vote on its merits in the 111th Congress. 

 

Congress took an important step in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. That vital 

law reverses the Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and 

helps to ensure that individuals subjected to unlawful compensation discrimination are able to 

effectively assert their rights under the federal anti-discrimination laws. But the Lilly Ledbetter 

Fair Pay Act, critical as it is, is just one of many tools needed to address unfair wage disparities. 

The Paycheck Fairness Act updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963 to ensure 

that it will provide effective protection against sex-based pay discrimination. Toward that end, 

the comprehensive bill bars retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their 

wages. It allows women to receive the same remedies for sex-based pay discrimination that are 

currently available to those subject to discrimination based on race and ethnicity. And it also 

provides much needed training and technical assistance as well as data collection and research. 

In this tough economy, more and more families are counting on women's earnings. Unfair pay 

practices make things even harder, especially for those families who rely solely on female 

earnings. Women continue to be paid, on average, only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. 

This persistent wage gap can be addressed only if women and all other workers are armed with 

the tools necessary to challenge discrimination against them, and employers are provided with 

effective incentives and technical assistance to comply with the law. 

 

It's time to make real progress on fair pay. We urge you to co-sponsor and work to swiftly pass 

the Paycheck Fairness Act. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Fatima 

Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women's Law 

Center, at (202) 588-5180, Lisa Maatz, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at 

the American Association of University Women, at (202) 785-7720, or Deborah J. Vagins, 

Senior Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, at (202) 715-0816. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

9to5, National Association of Working Women  

9to5 Atlanta Working Women 

9to5 Bay Area (CA) 

9to5 Colorado 

9to5 Los Angeles 

9to5 Milwaukee 

African American Ministers in Action (AAMIA) 

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 2626 

American Federation of Teachers 

Alcorn State University Library  

Alliance for Justice 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) 

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AFL-CIO 

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American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) 

American Library Association-Allied Professional Association  

Arizona Library  

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance & APALA Education Fund 

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) 

Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculty 

      Shippensburg University Chapter 

Association of Title IX Administrators 

A Better Balance: The Work & Family Legal Center 

Catalyst 

Center for American Progress Action Fund 

Coalition on Human Needs 

Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) 

California Capital Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women  

Central California Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women 

Central Indiana Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women 

Chicago Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women 

District of Columbia Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women 

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Northern Virginia (NOVA) Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women 

Philadelphia Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women 

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Texas State, Coalition of Labor Union Women 

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         Northeast Texas Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women 

Washington State Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women 

Colorado Association of Libraries 

Communications Workers of America 

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International 

Denton Public Library 

Dialogue on Diversity 

Disciples Justice Action Network 

Equal Pay Coalition NYC 

Equal Rights Advocates 

Federally Employed Women (FEW) 

Feminist Majority 

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.  

Interfaith Worker Justice 

Interfaith Worker Justice Committee of Colorado 

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists 

and Allied Crafts of the United States Local 893 (IATSE) 

International Brotherhood of Teamsters 

International Union, United Auto Workers 

Jewish Women International 

Kentucky Library Association 

Labor Project for Working-Families 

Lakeshores Library System and Wisconsin Library Association 

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 

Legal Momentum 

Maine Women’s Lobby 

Massachusetts Library Association 

Michigan Pay Equity Network 

Minnesota Library Association  

Mississippi Library Association 

MomsRising 

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum 

National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators 

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Black Women’s Roundtable (NCBCP) 

National Council of Jewish Women 

National Council of Women’s Organizations 

National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc 

National Congress of Black Women 

National Committee on Pay Equity 

National Council of Women’s Organizations 

National Education Association 

National Employment Law Project  

National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) 

National Fastpitch Coaches Association  

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund 

National Organization for Women 

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Disability Right Committee 

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National Partnership for Women & Families 

National Women’s Law Center 

National Women’s Political Caucus 

NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby 

New Moon Girls 

New York Women’s Agenda 

OWL- The Voice of Midlife and Older Women (The Older Women’s League)  

Paterson Public Library  

PathWays PA 

Paul Pratt Memorial Library 

People For the American Way 

Pickens Co. Library System 

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System 

Project Single Moms Worldwide, Inc. 

Region XI Council Blacks in Government 

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Screen Actors Guild — American Federation of Television and Radio Artists 

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 

SC State Library 

Sisters of Mercy of the Americans Institute Justice Team 

Temple Beth El 

Temple Beth El Sisterhood 

Temple Israel 

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Tikkun/Network of Spiritual Progressives 

Union for Reform Judaism 

Unitarian Universalist Association 

United Auto Workers 

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) 

United Methodist Women  

United Steelworkers 

University of Delaware Library  

US Women’s Chamber of Commerce 

The WAGE Project, Inc.  

Washington Area Women's Foundation 

Wider Opportunities for Women 

Women Employed 

Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner 

Women of Reform Judaism 

Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis 

Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) 

Women’s Law Project 

Women’s Research and Education Institute (WREI) 

Women’s Sports Foundation  

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YP4 Action 

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