PA Senator contender pushes for equal-pay

Katie McGinty is making equal pay for women the center of her campaign.

Thursday, August 25, 2016, McGinty spoke with union members and political leaders at the Service Employees International Union’s Healthcare PA office in downtown Pittsburgh regarding equal pay for equal work, among other issues.

McGinty, a Chester County Democrat, says “As a working mom of three teenage girls, I know how important it is to give women the tools they need to get ahead. It is past time to close the pay gap. In Pennsylvania, women still make 79 cents for every dollar made by a man in a similar job, and struggle to climb the ladder if they take time off to raise a family. As Senator, I will work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and fight for paid family leave because no one should have to choose between taking care of a loved one and keeping their job.”

McGinty said her Republican opponent, Pat Toomey, voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act 5 times.

TribLive reports, “Toomey’s campaign said the bill was flawed, but the senator supports equal pay and opposes employer discrimination against women.”

Toomey’s spokesman, Ted Kwong told TribLive, “It was just last year that Katie McGinty pushed for historic tax hikes on working families…McGinty didn’t have working families’ interests in mind in Harrisburg, and she wouldn’t in the Senate either.”

According to Senator Toomey’s website, ” …he is a co-sponsor of the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2015, which enables employees to obtain up to four additional weeks of paid leave. The bill provides private sector employees the same work flexibility that employees of the federal government currently enjoy. Under the Working Families Flexibility Act, an employee may choose how she wishes to be compensated for overtime-whether by receiving overtime pay at time and a half, or with extra vacation time, at a rate of 1 ½ hours of leave for every hour of overtime worked.”

Voters will elect Toomey or McGinty for Senate this November.

Democratic candidate for Senate – Katie McGinty:

Republican candidate for Senate – Pat Toomey:

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