Posted: September 13, 2014
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa urges Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
On behalf of the more than 1.4 million members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and their families, I strongly urge you to support fundamental fairness for women by ending gender discrimination in pay and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84/ S. 2199). I urge you to vote yes on cloture on S. 84/ S. 2199 and to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act without any weakening or “poison pill” amendments.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would address the persistent wage gap between men and women by eliminating loopholes that hinder the effectiveness of the Equal Pay Act. S. 84 would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act in important ways. The hill would require employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women arc truly the result of factors other than gender. Importantly, it would prohibit retaliation against workers who share salary information or inquire about their employer’s wage practices. S. 84/ S. 2199 would also bring the remedies and procedures of the Equal Pay Act into conformance with those available for other civil rights claims. The Paycheck Fairness Act holds employers accountable for pay discrepancies between their male and female employees while strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination.