Archive for the ‘WOMEN’ Category

Dec
2013
11

STUDY: For Women, Unionization Ensures Good Wages, Retirement Security Far More Than College

STUDY: For Women, Unionization Ensures Good Wages, Retirement Security Far More Than College
  An issue brief from the Center for Economic and Policy Research has revealed the tremendous advantage unionized women have over their non-union counterparts in terms of wages and retirement security.  The paper, “Women Workers and Unions,” studied women without a college degree and found those who joined a union frequently closed the...
Jul
2013
22

NJ Supreme Court Issues Decision Which Strengthens Workplace Bias Laws in Favor of Employees

NJ Supreme Court Issues Decision Which Strengthens Workplace Bias Laws in Favor of Employees
  Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of a UPS employee who sued the company after being demoted.  The plaintiff claimed his demotion was retaliation for complaining about denigrating remarks in the workplace.  In a unanimous decision, the state’s high court ruled that employers who engage in derogatory remarks...
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Jun
2013
10

50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act Reminds Us How Far We Have to Go

50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act Reminds Us How Far We Have to Go
  An opinion piece in this weekend’s New York Times sheds light on how much ground remains to be covered in the fight for equal rights (and pay) at work. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act (signed in 1963) is a bittersweet affair for Stephanie Coontz, a teacher at The Evergreen State [&hellip...
Jun
2013
3

New Venezuelan Labor Law Provides Pensions to Full-Time Mothers

  In post-Chavez Venezuela, an interesting and progressive attempt at valuing family through legislation has taken shape. Labor law has been modernized to provide pensions for full-time mothers.   In this vibrant nation best known for its former leader’s antics and its recent shortage of toilet paper, promoting equality has been an...
May
2013
31

$100 Million Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Discrimination by Healthcare Giant MERCK

$100 Million Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Discrimination by Healthcare Giant MERCK
  A recent lawsuit claims global healthcare giant MERCK has systematically engaged in gender bias. The $100 million suit alleges that the company discriminates against pregnant employees, pays women less than their male peers and runs a defacto “boys club” in terms of promotions.   Lawyer Jonathan Segal explained the situation in a piece...
May
2013
6

Illinois’ $12B Infrastructure Plan, the Largest Ever in the State, Includes Minority and Female Hiring Incentives

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has unveiled a $12.62 billion infrastructure plan which he hopes will move the state’s economy forward by improving roads and bridges and revamping public transportation. It is part of his $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program which was passed by legislature in 2009. The program will support 439,000 jobs over the...
Apr
2013
9

Equal Pay Day Highlights the Dire Need for Action in Addressing the Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day Highlights the Dire Need for Action in Addressing the Gender Pay Gap
Today is Equal Pay Day, a date that symbolizes how far into the new year women must work to match the pay their male peers earned in the previous year. Started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity as a public awareness event, the movement has picked up steam in the past years [&hellip...
Mar
2013
27

Old Colony PLA Praised for Timeliness, Diversity, Training of New Tradeswomen

Old Colony PLA Praised for Timeliness, Diversity, Training of New Tradeswomen
The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that governs the construction taking place at the Old Colony Housing Project in South Boston has allowed many of its residents to begin a career in the construction trades.  Negotiated by local Building and Construction Trades unions, the agreement helps build more than just physical structures — it allows...
Mar
2013
5

The Few, the Forgotten, the Female Veterans

The Few, the Forgotten, the Female Veterans
For female soldiers, much progress has been made in transitioning to combat roles. However, much like their male counterparts, the return to civilian life post-service is often tumultuous. Female veterans are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population according to a New York Times story about Tiffany Jackson who, after returning...
Mar
2013
4

Yahoo! CEO Ends Work-from-Home Policy After Having a Nursery Installed in Her Office

Yahoo! CEO Ends Work-from-Home Policy After Having a Nursery Installed in Her Office
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer made headlines when, at the age of 37, she became the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She doubled down on the hoopla when, hours after stepping into her new role, she announced that she was six months pregnant. Now, she is making hypocritical headlines by changing company policy to [&hellip...
Mar
2013
1

As of Yesterday, Investigating and Enforcing Fair Pay for Women Got a Little Bit Easier

As of Yesterday, Investigating and Enforcing Fair Pay for Women Got a Little Bit Easier
Investigating and enforcing fair pay for women in the workplace is a concern of the U.S. Department of Labor which announced that its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) rescinded two enforcement guidance documents that halted investigations into pay discrimination. Known as “Compensation Standards” and...
Jan
2013
8

“On Equal Terms,” an Art Exhibit by a Female IBEW Member, Comes to NYC

“On Equal Terms,” an Art Exhibit by a Female IBEW Member, Comes to NYC
ON EQUAL TERMS, a touring mixed media art installation by Susan Eisenberg, will be making its way to NYC from February 24th to March 24th at the Clemente Soto Velez Center in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The exhibit, most recently shown at the Main Gallery of the Smithsonian-affiliated Michigan State University Museum, looks into...