Posts Tagged ‘Department of Labor’

Getting on the right side of history: supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act

Vice President Joe Biden Women in the United States make 77 cents for every dollar that men earn for the same work.

And even though women won the right to make as much as their male counterparts decades ago, weak federal enforcement has prevented equal pay from actually occurring in many workplaces. And for many women, the consequences of earning less than their male counterparts can be life-altering, like not having enough money to retire without becoming an economic burden to their families.

The American Rights at Work staff made a field trip across D.C. yesterday to listen to some impassioned speeches about the Paycheck Fairness Act at a White House Middle Class Task Force event.  Awaiting a vote by the Senate, the Paycheck Fairness Act requires employers to provide a legitimate reason for paying women and men performing the same job different salaries.

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New DOL posting rule helps relations and efficiency

There was some good news for workers’ rights advocates this morning. The Department of Labor will publish final rule in the new edition of the Federal Register, released today, that requires federal contractors and subcontractors to post notice of their employees’ rights.

These rights, covered under the National Labor Relations Act, include the right of workers to organize and form unions, which of course puts a smile on my face. And according to the DOL’s John Lund, employees’ knowledge of their rights “leads to more stable labor-management relations and a more engaged workforce, which in turn facilitates greater efficiency and timely completion of federal contracts.”

Efficiency? Stable relations? Timely completion of federal contracts? That’s not a combination of words you see every day.

Our Executive Director Kimberly Freeman Brown had this to say: Read more »