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Illinois Federation of Teachers Strongly Supports the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

5/16/2018
WESTMONT – As the Illinois House of Representatives considers SJRCA 4 in committee today, Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery released the following statement in support of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA): 
“Although our nation has made great progress in the struggle for civil rights, we are far from a society that treats all people fairly. Today, we have an opportunity to take another crucial step towards women’s equality in the workplace. As union members, we negotiate contracts that provide equal pay for equal work, but without the ERA —a critical and commonsense amendment to the U.S. Constitution — that right is not granted to all working women.
 
It is unfortunate and revealing that Governor Rauner continues to dodge questions about the equal rights bill and refuses to state his unequivocal opposition to gender discrimination.
 
Still, we are proud that the Illinois Senate passed the ERA and encourage members of the House to do the same and level the playing field for women across the United States.”

 
The IFT has a long history of support for the ERA and a resolution (No. 6) that supports its passage. 
 
The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) is made up of more than 100,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in PreK-12 school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees. 

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