WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following after Senate Republicans blocked the "Paycheck Fairness Act" this afternoon:
"SEIU is committed to ending wage discrimination against women. Yet, some Republicans in the Senate believe that the status quo - where women earn 78 cents for every dollar paid to men for the same work - is acceptable.
"Congress took an important step by passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, but it is just one of many tools needed to address unfair wage disparities. Ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work is critical to stimulating the economy and promoting economic self-sufficiency for women and their families. It is unconscionable that Senators could vote against this commonsense legislation.
"The Paycheck Fairness Act would help better address the problem of wage discrimination and eliminate loopholes that have undermined the Equal Pay Act's effectiveness. Politics aside, it is inexcusable that in 2012 that we are even debating whether women should take home equal pay as men. It's time for Congress to continue its efforts to make real progress on fair pay."
With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers--not just corporations and CEOs--benefit from today's global economy. www.seiu.org