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Saint Paul, Minnesota – House DFL legislators gathered at a press conference this morning to stand against Republican efforts to dismantle equal pay laws for women. Twenty-two Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate have signed onto HF 7, a bill that would repeal the 1984 Local Government Pay Equity Act (LGPEA). State Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) spoke at the press conference and released the following statement:
“In terms of equal pay for equal work, women in MN are not yet equal. Equality is not a partisan issue- it is an American ideal. It’s an ideal for which I will continue to fight until we reach the goal.
This Republican effort to turn the clock back on progress toward equality is unjust, unfair and unproductive in solving the real challenges facing Minnesotans."
According to a June report by the Woman’s Foundation of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, white women earn 76 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. Disparities are even worse for African American and Hispanic women.
Last year the Office of Minnesota Management and Budget confirmed wage inequities still exists. As directed by the LGPEA, which Republicans are trying to repeal, the MMB gathered information from cities, municipalities and school districts and worked with local governments to make successful corrections. This resulted in an average increase of pay for women from $16.27 to $17.86.
You can read the January 2011 Minnesota Local Government Pay Equity Compliance Report here: www.mmb.state.mn.us/doc/comp/pay-equity/payequity.pdf.
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