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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Bernie Sanders is calling on the United States to be more like Iceland and legally enforce equal pay for men and women, he said on Tuesday.

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"We must follow the example of our brothers and sisters in Iceland and demand equal pay for equal work now, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. As we fight back Republican efforts to revert women's rights to second-class, it is important to not lose sight that our real goal is to move forward and expand women's rights," the independent senator from Vermont wrote in a Facebook post.

The former presidential candidate posted in response to the Nordic country's historic legalization of equal pay for men and women, which went into effect on Monday. Iceland is the first country to do so, and its legislation requires that any company or government agency that employs 25 people or more prove to the government that it pays men and women the same wages, or else face fines."

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-22 03:21 AM | Reply

You people are all ---- idiots.

The Equal Pay Act (EPA) requires employers to pay men and women equally for doing the same work -- equal pay for equal work. The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963 as an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act and can be found at 29 U.S.C. § 206.

#2 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-05-22 07:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Even though the U.S. has made strides in narrowing the gender pay gap since 1980 -- according to a report from the Pew Research Center in April, which found that women earned 83 percent of what men earned in 2015 -- it still lags behind in other areas. It ranks 49th on the WEF index, with low scores in women's political empowerment and their health and life expectancy."

#3 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-22 07:10 AM | Reply

the Equal Pay Act of 1963 that was supposed to enshrine the concept of ‘equal pay for equal work' in the law.

In the intervening two decades, the bill's language hasn't changed dramatically because the problem it targets -- the reality of women's unequal pay for equal work -- remains. The gender pay gap was 26% in 1997; it now hovers in the 20% range, according to Census data.

"Women earn less regardless of the choices they make in their career or education," DeLauro said on the House floor last Wednesday. "Across industry, whether you're a financial manager or registered nurse, a school teacher, or an executive, a pay gap exists between men and women."
fortune.com

#4 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-22 07:21 AM | Reply

US should indeed be like Iceland.

Out of sight, out of mind.

#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-05-22 07:22 AM | Reply

You cite insipid stats. You must compare apples to apples. 100 women working as child care providers are always going to lag 100 men working as telecom linemen. The wage gap is about job choice and hours worked.

fee.org

And yet, even here, Emanuel and Bolotnyy find that female train and bus operators earn less than their male counterparts.

They look at data from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). This is a union shop with uniform hourly wages where men and women adhere to the same rules and receive the same benefits. Workers are promoted on the basis of seniority rather than performance, and male and female workers of the same seniority have the same choices for scheduling, routes, vacation, and overtime. There is almost no scope here for a sexist boss to favor men over women.

And yet, even here, Emanuel and Bolotnyy find that female train and bus operators earn less than their male counterparts. From this observation, they go looking for possible causes, examining time cards and scheduling from 2011 to 2017 and factoring in sex, age, date of hire, tenure, and whether an employee was married or had dependents.

They find that male train and bus drivers worked about 83 percent more overtime than their female colleagues and were twice as likely to accept an overtime shift -- which pays time-and-a-half -- on short notice and that around twice as many women as men never took overtime. The male workers took 48 percent fewer unpaid hours off under the Family Medical Leave Act each year. Female workers were more likely to take less desirable routes if it meant working fewer nights, weekends, and holidays. Parenthood turns out to be an important factor. Fathers were more likely than childless men to want the extra cash from overtime, and mothers were more likely to want time off than childless women.

#6 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-05-22 08:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'm not going to name names but somebody on this thread is killing the narrative with facts.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-22 08:51 AM | Reply

I don't see this being a winning formula for Democrats. To sit up and claim women are generally earning less is disingenuous. There are reasons women earn less and they are usually due to the decisions women make.

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2019-05-22 10:36 AM | Reply

Good job Mustang.

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2019-05-22 10:37 AM | Reply

When you said "killed it", you meant it.

#10 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-05-22 01:39 PM | Reply

In the end, this will take money away from the women who are paid more than men for the same job.

Again and again, progressives fail to make life better.

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-05-22 02:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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