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Final Hour for Fair Pay?!

November 15, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

Today, the Senate returns to Washington --- and the Paycheck Fairness Act is one of the first bills on its agenda. Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is more important than ever.

This is the legislation's final hour in 2010. If the Senate doesn't pass the bill in the next few weeks, we'll have to start from scratch when the new Congress convenes in January.

Equal pay for women is essential to women's economic security and to our nation's economic recovery. It's time to send an unequivocal message that we will not allow pay discrimination in this country to continue.

In these critical final hours, help us encourage the Senate to pass the legislation this year! Working women and their families can't afford to wait any longer. If you want to learn more about fair pay, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and our campaign, go here (and here, here, and here).

Here are a few easy ways you can make a difference right now:

1. Call your Senators. Sometimes, a well-timed phone call from a constituent is more effective than a flurry of emails. We've made it easy: Just call 1-877-667-6650.

2. Share your Facebook status. Show your support for the Paycheck Fairness Act and help to spread the word by updating your Facebook status with the following quote by Vice President Biden: "'It is an issue that you're going to have to look into the eyes of your granddaughters.... Get on the right side now.' It's time to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act."

3. Tweet and RT #fairpay. Twitter is another great way to spread the word. Use the #fairpay hashtag to ensure that your message will show up in searches, and include the Twitter 'handles' of the members of Congress you're addressing so your message will show up in their feeds too. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, so you can simply retweet us!

We've also started Twitter petitions for Senator Brown (R-MA), Senator Collins (R-ME) and Senator Snowe (R-ME).

Thanks for everything you do! Together, we will ensure that women finally receive fair pay!


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