Republicans block Dems’ equal pay for women bill
Republicans filibustered Democratic-led legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between women and men. The measure would beef up protections for women who sue employers for gender-based wage discrimination or discuss pay with their co-workers — and the GOP blocked it just as it did in late 2010 when the Paycheck Fairness Act last came up. The cloture motion went down 52-47 — short of the 60 votes needed to proceed.
Remarks by the president on equal pay for equal work via conference call
I don’t have to tell you how much this matters to families across the country. All of you are working day in, day out, to support the basic principle, equal pay for equal work. And we’ve made progress. But we’ve got a lot more to do. Women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. It’s worse for African American women and Latinas. Over the course of her career a woman with a college degree is going to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars less than a man who is doing the same work.
Mitt Romney mum on paycheck fairness bill
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney still won’t say whether he supports a Senate bill to ensure equal pay for women, despite fresh criticism by Democrats that his silence is hurting the legislation’s chance of becoming law. In separate calls with reporters, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) on Monday urged Romney to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would require employers to demonstrate that any salary differences between men and woman in the same job are not gender-related.
The White House’s use of data on the gender wage gap
The debate over the latest legislation to address the gap in pay between men and women is a great opportunity to explore the various ways these data are collected and often used for political purposes. There is no perfect source of data — the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics come up with different numbers even though they can draw on similar data sets — but often advocates of action will tend to pick the worst possible figure to advance their cause.
Women earn 91 cents for every dollar men earn–if you control for life choices
On its face, the gender wage gap is enormous: women working full-time earn just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn, contributing to a $431K lifetime wage gap, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the numbers don’t tell the full story.
Frack sand: An easily overlooked occupational hazard
Tap water bursting into flame, water sources contaminated with toxic chemicals, once-pastoral rural hillsides turned over to industrial fossil fuel extraction, and unprecedented earthquake activity. These are among the environmental health concerns commonly associated with the extraction of natural gas by the method known as hydraulic fracturing – or fracking. But one of the more pernicious and pervasive potential occupational fracking hazards may come from sand.
Two Central Valley deaths may be heat-related
Two workers who died on the job in the Central Valley may have been victims of heat illness, the California Department of Industrial Relations says Tuesday.
OSHA reaction from a SeaWorld trainer
I’ve long felt that trainers at SeaWorld have to be able to achieve a certain degree of cognitive dissonance to be able to say on the one hand that they love the killer whales, and on the other hand be witness to the early deaths, the tooth drilling, the sunburnt skin, the social instability and aggression, and all the other chronic effects of captivity. If Welsch’s ruling stands, perhaps it will be harder to maintain this cognitive dissonance, because the ultimate experience of working with a killer whale–waterwork–could be gone. So maybe the reality will start to trump the fantasy for more trainers.
Sex trafficking ring from Mexico to New York discovered
80 miles from the country’s capital of Mexico City, Tenancingo is considered to be the country’s epicenter for sex trafficking. Inside the three-story houses which lie inside gated communities are thriving businesses of prostitution and sex-trafficking, according to the New York Daily News. But in the past 20 years, the business has expanded well beyond the streets of Tenancingo. Sex trafficking from the Mexican city fuels much of the prostitution in New York City.
Guillermo Lopez-Molina charged with shooting co-worker with nail gun
A Hyattsville man has been arrested for shooting a co-worker with a nail gun, inflicting possibly life-threatening injuries. Witnesses told police that Lopez-Molina got into an argument with a fellow worker while framing a house in Edgewater. Afterwards, they say Lopez-Molina shot a 34-year-old Laurel man with a nail gun.