The View From 1776
Monday, April 30, 2012
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.