On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, working women are still fighting to close the gender wage gap — and Republicans, including Tim Neville, are standing in their way.
- Neville voted against an amendment to the 2015 Colorado budget that would have funded the state pay equity commission.
- “A number of women’s-advocacy groups and a few female business leaders charged there is much more to do, saying that women continue to make 80 cents for every dollar earned by men — a figure that has improved only one cent since 2006,” according to the Denver Business Journal.
“Today in Colorado, women make less than 82 cents to the dollar for the same work as men. Instead of supporting equal pay for equal work and ending discriminatory practices that harm families and the economy, Neville has stood in the way of creating equal opportunity for women,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a step in the right direction for equal pay. There’s more work to be done and Tim Neville has proven he won’t stand up for hard working Colorado women.”
Neville Twice Voted Against Continuing The Colorado Pay Equity Commission…
Neville Voted Against An Amendment To The 2015 Colorado Budget That Funded The Colorado Pay Equity Commission
2015: Neville Voted Against An Amendment That Funded The Colorado Pay Equity Commission. According to the Senate Journal from 4/1/15, Neville voted against Amendment J025, which funded the Colorado Pay Equity Commission. The amendment failed 16 to 19. The Commission did not make it into the final version of the bill. [Senate Journal, 4/1/15; Assembly Actions, 4/24/15]
In Committee, Neville Voted Against A Motion To Introduce A Bill To Continue The Pay Equity Commission
2015: Neville Voted Against A Motion To Introduce A Bill To Continue To Colorado Pay Equity Commission. According to the Colorado State Legislature, Neville voted against a motion to introduce a draft bill to continue the Pay Equity Commission on 1/21/15 in the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee. The motion failed by a 4-to-5 vote. [Committee Meeting Summary, 1/21/15]
- Republicans – Including Neville – On Senate Business, Labor And Technology Committee Voted To Sunset The Pay Equity Commission Rather Than Continue Its Work For Two More Years. According to the Denver Business Journal, “Several organizations and a handful of female company owners persuaded the Senate’s business-affairs committee to kill off the four-year-old Pay Equity Commission on Wednesday rather than extend its work for another two years. By a Republican-led party-line vote of 5-4, the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee voted against a Department of Regulatory Affairs recommendation and decided to sunset the commission on July 1.” [Denver Business Journal, 1/22/15]
2015: The Pay Equity Commission Was Defunded
2015: The Colorado Pay Equity Commission Was Defunded. According to 9News, “For the second – and, likely final – time this session, a legislative committee has brought an end to Colorado’s Pay Equity Commission. Republicans on the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted along party lines late Monday to kill House Bill 1133, which would have extended the five-year-old commission indefinitely rather than allow it to expire on July 1, as is now planned.” [9News, 4/7/15]
The Colorado Pay Equity Commission Worked To Educate Employers About Salary Inequities Between Men And Women
Colorado Pay Equity Commission Worked To Educate Employers About Salary Inequity Between Men And Women. According to the Denver Business Journal, “Commission members had worked to educate employers about what contributes to salary inequity between men and women since the panel’s 2010 creation and had encouraged equal-pay practices, but critics charged that the group’s agenda was aimed toward expanding union membership and often was antagonistic to companies themselves.” [Denver Business Journal, 1/22/15]
- Women Earned 80% Of What Men Did, Improving Only 1% Since 2006. According to the Denver Business Journal, “A number of women’s-advocacy groups and a few female business leaders charged there is much more to do, saying that women continue to make 80 cents for every dollar earned by men — a figure that has improved only one cent since 2006.” [Denver Business Journal, 1/22/15]
Published: Jan 29, 2016