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Support and Prioritize H.3615 Act to Establish Pay Equity

by Megan Plassmeyer on Feb 25, 2019

We’re running out of time to get H.3615, the Act to Establish Pay Equity, heard by members of the General and Family Laws subcommittee of House Judiciary.  Help us mobilize this bill by writing a letter today! Here are letter templates you utilize.

First, join us in asking Rep. Peter McCoy, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to schedule a hearing for H.3615, the Act to Establish Pay Equity.

Sample Pay Equity Support Letter:

Date

The Honorable Peter McCoy

512 Blatt Bldg.

Columbia, SC 29201

 

Dear Representative McCoy:

My name is [insert name] and I am a [insert job position; ex. Teacher, nurse, doctor, medical provider] who [has been/who is] directly affected by the current wage gap in South Carolina, which is why I urge you to schedule a hearing for H.3615, a bill that would work to ensure that pay for all South Carolina employees will be based on factors such as skill, effort, and responsibility; ban the use of salary history; and provide pay transparency without retaliation.

Or

As a [community member/constituent] and someone closely affected by pay inequality, I urge you to schedule a hearing for H.3615, a bill that would work to ensure that pay for all South Carolina employees will be based on factors such as skill, effort, and responsibility; ban the use of salary history; and provide pay transparency without retaliation.

Insert your personal story and inform your legislator as to why this bill matters to you.

Currently, South Carolina has a larger wage gap than the national average, which is negatively affecting the economy and wellbeing of our state.

Include another fact or two from the “Pay Equity” factsheet.

Once “An Act to Establish Pay Equity” H3615 comes up for debate, I encourage you to think about the health and economic wellbeing of our state and vote YES.

 

Sincerely,

(Name)

(Address)

 

Then, reach out to each member of the General and Family Laws subcommittee, asking them to support the bill.

General and Family Laws Subcommittee

Hon. Beth E. Bernstein, Chairwoman

Hon. Micah Caskey

Hon. Sylleste H. Davis

Hon. John R. McCravy, III

Hon. Seth C. Rose

 

Date

The Honorable (full name)

Legislative Office Address

Columbia, SC 29201

 

Dear Representative [Last name]:

My name is [insert name] and I am a [insert job position; ex. Teacher, nurse, doctor, medical provider] who [has been/who is] directly affected by the current wage gap in South Carolina, which is why I urge you to support bill H3615 that would work to ensure that pay for all South Carolina employees will be based on factors such as skill, effort, and responsibility; bans the use of salary history; and provides pay transparency without retaliation.

Or

As a [community member / constituent] and someone closely affected by pay inequality, I urge you to support bill H3615 that would work to ensure that pay for all South Carolina employees will be based on factors such as skill, effort, and responsibility; bans the use of salary history; and provides pay transparency without retaliation.

Insert your personal story and inform your legislator as to why this bill matters to you.

Things to consider: how has any of these components (salary history, lack of pay transparency, discrimination) harmed you during the job process, during negotiations, or even after you’ve received an offer?

Use this opportunity to relate this bill home and what it would mean for you, your future, family, and friends. How has not having a pay equity bill harmed you and your opportunity for economic advancement?

If you haven’t personally been affected, discuss why you personally value pay equity.

Currently, South Carolina has a larger wage gap than the national average, which is negatively affecting the economy and wellbeing of our state.

Include another fact or two from the “Pay Equity” factsheet.

When “An Act to Establish Pay Equity” H.3615 comes up for debate on the House Judiciary, General and Family Laws subcommittee, I encourage you to think about the health and economic wellbeing of our state and vote YES.

 

Sincerely,

(Name)

(Address)

 

 

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