The View From 1776

Equal Pay For Equal Jobs?

Rachel Maddow, in her daily TV show for April 30, 2012, featured an attack on Republicans as the obstructionists who prevent women from receiving the same pay as men for the same jobs.

Many studies show that women earn less because, among other things, they usually do not stay in the work force as long as men.  Many women leave the workforce to have children and to raise them; many change careers.  To discount this factor one has to dismiss the benefits of skill and understanding of the job acquired with experience.

It also should be noted that labor unions are as “guilty” as any group of enforcing wage disparities between men and women.  See the website for the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

Unions, however, get a free pass from the Maddows of the liberal-progressive world because unions are an iconic element in liberal-progressive ideology and a major source of money and free campaign labor for the Democrat-Socialist Party. 

Buttressing the argument for longevity in the job force, what unions call seniority, as a major element in the men/women wage disparity is the fact that most union labor contracts require higher pay in ratio to time in the job.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/30 at 10:49 PM
  1. http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/cio-insights/how-indian-outsourcings-hunt-for-skills-is-boosting-women-and-cutting-bias/39748583?tag=nl.e101

    Saritha Rai _Tech Republic_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
    Indian bodyshops are levelling, equal-opportunity abusers: quest for cheap, pliant labor with flexible/questionable ethics giving Indian women a more even chance
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/03  at  04:36 PM
  2. Thomas,

    Your argument that unions are part and parcel of the discrimination toward and lower status of women workers fails because unions make up only about 12 percent of the work force.

    Women are paid only 75% of what men get for the same job (according to the last census). While there are some practical reasons why women are paid less, the data show that simple discrimination is undeniable.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/03  at  07:45 PM
  3. J. Jay,

    As usual, you have the wrong of it. You now regard 12% (> 1-in-8) of the workforce insignificant, whereas normally you hold even 0.1% too large to ignore? It appears you are the one
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/06  at  11:55 AM
  4. (continued from #3)

    The fact of the matter is women trail men in compensation for a variety of reasons having nothing to do with discrimination (unless you want to honestly debate reverse discrimination
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/06  at  11:57 AM
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