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NEA urges Congress to pass Paycheck Fairness Act and calls on Romney to clarify his position

WASHINGTON - June 05, 2012 -

Congress is scheduled to vote today on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The act is designed to address pay disparities between men and women.

National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel urged Congress to pass the landmark legislation and encouraged Mitt Romney to go on the record with details about where he stands on this important issue. More than 70 percent of NEA’s 3 million members are women. 

“As a longtime high school math teacher, I saw so much potential in all of my students—regardless of their gender,” Van Roekel said. “That’s why I’m so troubled at the thought of sending young women out into a world where they’ll earn less than men. I’m glad the Senate is considering legislation to update the Equal Pay Act.” 

 Van Roekel added, “It is incredulous that Governor Romney is silently sitting on the sidelines, still trying to determine which side to take on an issue that is important to so many Americans. This really is a straight forward issue; it’s about basic fairness.  If Romney won’t stand up for equal pay for equal work, do we really think he will stand up for all of our students? You can’t tell students they can be anything they want to be, yet fail to provide a level playing field and a sound, equitable path for their success in the working world.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representingmore than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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