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Letter to the Senate supporting the Fair Pay Act

April 22, 2008

Dear Senator:


On behalf of the National Education Association’s (NEA) 3.2 million members, we urge you to support the Fair Pay Restoration Act (S. 1843), which is scheduled to come to the floor for a vote tomorrow afternoon. Votes associated with this bill may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 110th Congress.

This important legislation reaffirms civil rights threatened by a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Ledbetter v. Goodyear. A 5-4 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, this ruling makes it virtually impossible for women facing pay discrimination to take legal action against their employers. It also threatens justice for anyone discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or age.

The House has already passed a companion bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 2831). Now, the ball is in the Senate’s court. Please vote to close debate on S. 1843, then vote for passage and make this bill a law.

Sincerely,

Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy