On Equal Pay Day, Kathy Castor reaffirms support for Paycheck Fairness Act - SaintPetersBlog

On Equal Pay Day, Kathy Castor reaffirms support for Paycheck Fairness Act

Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, a date symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men have in the previous year.

And it’s prompted calls by Democrats to call Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

“Equal pay is vital to women, their families and the broader economy. Paychecks for women continue to lag, and it is past time to fix the inequity — that is why I am co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act,” said Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor.

“Women who work full-time, year-round on average still earn only 80 cents for every $1 earned by men, even 54 years after the enactment of the Equal Pay Act,” Castor said. “This gap means less money for women over their lifetimes, as the ripple effects of unequal pay impact Social Security benefits and retirement plans based on average salary. The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963.”

“This gap means less money for women over their lifetimes, as the ripple effects of unequal pay impact Social Security benefits and retirement plans based on average salary. The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963.”

First daughter Ivanka Trump posted an Instagram graphic from USA Today with equal pay statistics, reading: “Women earn 82 percent the full-time weekly paycheck of a man. Black women earn 68 percent and Latina women earn 62 percent of the full-time weekly pay of a white man.”

The Paycheck Fairness Act would ban employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other, impose harsher penalties for pay discrimination and require employers to be able to show that wage gaps between men and women are based on factors other than gender.

The proposal has come up for a vote nine different times in recent years in Congress, and led by GOP opposition, has gone down to defeat every single time. Republicans have called it a “desperate political ploy,” claiming that it’s already illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender since the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

In response to the charge that women still only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, the Republican National Committee said in a 2014 statement that the statistic is “misleading,” because that number “comes from the average earnings of women in all positions and contrasts it with the average earning of men in all position.”

Castor calls it “unconscionable that House Republicans have voted nine times since 2013 to block the legislation from being considered on the House Floor.”

 

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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