Prioritize the Paycheck Fairness Act

First off: We at Seattle Indivisible are working on our priorities and actions for the coming year. Please take a moment to fill out our 2019 Engagement Survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkW7-rKdtry_tRAYzmRDEtvom_uark7hilagwUeCGekoD8gw/viewform. Now to the action!

Women in the United States today who work full-time, year-round are typically paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. This wage disparity is even worse for women of color.

H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, would do a lot to help rectify this situation – including making it safe for coworkers to discuss their wages, taking salary history out of the application process, making it harder for employers to justify wage discrimination, and making it easier for employees alleging pay discrimination to band together. Now that Democrats have control of the House, we have the opportunity to get important bills like this passed – and in fact every single Democratic congressperson is already a co-sponsor on the bill.

But cosponsoring isn’t enough - it is important that the bill get moving through the process. Lucky for us, Rep. Pramila Jayapal is on the Education and Labor Committee and can do a lot to prioritize this bill. Let’s call her and Adam Smith, thank them for co-sponsoring, and ask them to make this bill a priority.

ACTION: Make Equal Pay a Priority

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106; Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901; Renton - 425-793-5180

Script:

“Hi, I’m [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY]. I’d like to thank [REP] for co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act – the gender wage gap is real, and I’m happy to see a bill that addresses it in practical ways. I’d like [Rep] to prioritize passing this bill. If it gets marked up in the next few weeks, it could even pass to commemorate Equal Pay Day on April 2. Thank you.”

Background:

https://indivisible.org/resource/hr-7-paycheck-fairness-act?fbclid=IwAR1ttX2MMh55RueYdkHBSTCiXWZF0lfhI9Xt3xMLYHm5n9aW_klBMwOPsa4

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/30/nancy-pelosi-unveils-the-paycheck-fairness-act-to-close-the-pay-gap.html