THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS

250 BROADWAY NEW YORK, NY 10007

May 25, 2011 New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco Chair, Committee on Finance 416 Capitol Albany, NY 12247 Dear Senator DeFrancisco, The Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council urges you to support the movement of the New York State Fair Pay Act out of the Senate Finance Committee and onto the floor. New York cannot afford to delay efforts to improve pay equity. Equal pay for women is critical to families economic security and our state s economic recovery. For the first time, American women make up roughly half of the nation s workforce: nearly four in ten mothers are primary breadwinners in their households and nearly two-thirds are significant earners. What s more, the Fair Pay Act will help to reduce the ever-increasing income gap between New York s rich and poor. This bill is critical to providing both enforcement and remedies to the wage disparities which impact millions of New Yorkers with every pay check. During this time of economic crisis it is perhaps most important that we have pay equity and worker protections in New York State. This is more than just a women's issue and a fairness issue - it's a civil rights issue. The New York City Council unanimously showed its support for equal pay for equal work in 2008 when it passed a resolution, introduced by Progressive Caucus Member Letitia James, calling on the New York State Legislature to pass the New York State Fair Pay Act. It's time for the state of New York to get on the right side of history. We urge your support of the New York State Fair Pay Act (A.6130/S.2200) so that we can narrow the pay gap, protect workers and reduce poverty. Sincerely, The Members of the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council Brad Lander, Co-Chair Progressive Caucus, 39th Council District Melissa Mark-Viverito, Co-Chair Progressive Caucus, 8th Council District Margaret Chin, 1st Council District

Jimmy Van Bramer, 26th Council District Letitia James, 35th Council District Daniel Dromm, 25th Council District Debi Rose, 49th Council District James Sanders, Jr., 31st Council District

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