Statement of AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes on the Presidential debate
Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 17, 2012.
“In last night’s Presidential debate, Mitt Romney ignored the issue of pay equity when asked about it. Instead, he proposed that employers should follow his example and let women have flexible schedules so they can go home in time to do things like make dinner for their families. Romney is more concerned about American women getting dinner on the table than he is about them getting paid equal pay for equal work. Cook your own dinner, Governor Romney.
America’s working women don’t need patronizing suggestions. They demand and deserve equal pay for equal work, something that Pres. Barack Obama supported when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as his first act in office. Mitt Romney’s campaign once said it would “get back [to]” the American people about whether Romney supported equal pay protection. It was clear last night that Romney still has no answer.
More than 54 percent of AFSCME members are women. We know that equal pay is directly connected to economic stability for our families and the American economy. When it’s time to vote, we won’t forget Romney’s refusal to stand up for our rights. We’ll cast a vote for the candidate who supports equal pay, access to quality, affordable health care, funding for cervical and breast cancer screening providers, and reproductive freedom for women. That candidate is Pres. Barack Obama.”
AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.