Bloggers Note: Awesome post from 175th District State Representative Mike O’Brien on #EqualPayPA! I’m Including this campaign for #EqualPayPA here because many individuals prostitute themselves due to financial needs as opposed to a desire to engage in acts of moral turpitude. Of course: If we want to escort (or other forms of erotic entertainment or service) that should be our choice, though we should not have to because of lack of a living wage. I totally know what it is like to earn 8.25 per hour and have rent and car insurance due. As a caregiver I am still below 15.00 per hour though striving to assimilate more solvent. XM

POST: April 10 marked Equal Pay Day – the day the average American woman would need to work to make what men were paid in 2017. Pay discrimination is an issue that has been impacting women of all backgrounds for decades. In 1980, women were paid 64 cents to every male dollar; today they receive 82 cents. While the gender pay gap has narrowed over the years, we must do more to ensure that women in Pennsylvania and throughout the country are paid what they are owed.

This is why [Mike O’Brien has] consistently supported and spoken in support of legislation that would end wage discrimination and even prohibit employers from asking about salary histories during the hiring process. If we are to truly end wage discrimination for women in Pennsylvania, I need your help. Let Pennsylvania lawmakers know that women need equal pay for equal work now.

All you have to do is fill out this simple form to let House leaders know that we will not wait another 30+ years for women to get the wage they deserve. Sample form when you go to link:

JOIN THE FIGHT FOR EQUAL PAY IN PENNSYLVANIA

Women still only earn, on average, about 80 cents for every dollar a man brings in. It’s time for such inequality to end.  The penalties under Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law have not been updated since it took effect in 1959. Legislation in the House Democrats’ Plan4PA would penalize employers that knowingly pay women less than men for equal work, give employees the ability to inquire about wages and disclose information about wages and prohibit retaliation against workers who discuss or file a complaint about pay inequities.  We need to deal with this issue now and reverse the lifelong negative impact of the gender wage gap. Please let lawmakers know you support this bill.

Your message will be sent to:

Speaker of the House Michael Turzai; House Majority Leader Dave Reed; Representative Frank Ryan; Your Representative; Your Senator.

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It’s time to ensure equal pay in Pennsylvania!

Email Body:Please support and call for a vote on House Bill 931, which would update Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law and level the playing field for working women. The Equal Pay Law has not been updated since enacted in 1959, but unfortunately, women are still paid only about 80 cents for every dollar a man brings in. Many of these women are also sole or primary breadwinners for their families, and are taking on more senior leadership positions in the workplace. Everyone deserves to be paid fairly for their work – especially women, who have been historically underpaid and undervalued. I urge you to consider this important legislation right now. You have the power to close an unflattering chapter in our state history. It’s long past time to make equal pay a reality in Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

[City, State ZIP]