7/21/2010

Dems pushing for Comparable worth law

Great now we might be having the government set people's pay.

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden challenged male senators opposed to the Paycheck Fairness Act to “step up” and vote for it — or explain their opposition to “women you say you care about.”

“It is an issue [on which] you’re going to have to look into the eyes of your granddaughters and ... the young women you have hired ... and say, ‘You know, when it came time, I didn’t step up,’” Biden said at a Middle Class Task Force event at the White House. “I really mean it. Because I can tell you, some of the guys who voted against Title IX, they had to look at their daughters and granddaughters and answer that question.”

Biden spoke at a White House event designed to boost support for the legislation, which would guarantee that men and women are paid the same wages for the same jobs. Members of the White House Council on Women and Girls joined Biden’s call to end “pay discrimination.”

“Women make up nearly half of all workers on U.S. payrolls, and two-thirds of families with children are headed either by two working parents or by a single parent who works,” Biden said. “Closing the gender pay gap, helping parents keep their jobs while balancing family responsibilities and increasing workplace flexibility — these are not only women’s issues; they are issues of middle-class economic security.” . . .

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Blogger John A said...

Equal pay for the same job while having the same education/training/ experience background, should not be a problem.

"Comparable worth" is completely different, and subjective. Back in the early 1980s,I had an office job at 50k/year and on acquaintance was making about 50k driving a truck. Yes, I thibk the "worth" of our jobs was roughly equivalent - but just how the heck to determine that I do not know and almost certainly would not want a fine-arts graduate with no private-sector experience deciding on the question.

7/21/2010 3:14 PM  
OpenID awesomefun said...

This is well-meaning, but based on a false idea. Women are not underpaid in comparison to men. If they were, corporations would be nothing but women. On average, women choose to have more flexible schedules, which puts them into lower-paying roles. I am in that same area (a single dad, who's been passed over for promotions due to the fact that I go home at 6 pm to cook dinner).

The women who ignore their children or have no other responsibilities or interests, who focus on work, do just as well, and make just as much money, as men in comparable positions. It's a choice, not discrimination.

But beyond that, Biden's a pompous ass who needs to have his hairplugs ripped out by a midget wrestler on one of those quasi-reality TV shows.

7/21/2010 4:17 PM  

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