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Diane 2012/04/11 05:23:08
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Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law



WASHINGTON -- A Wisconsin
law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.



The 2009
Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.



In November, the state Senate approved
SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers.



SB 202 was sent to Walker on March 29. He had, according to the state constitution, six days to act on the bill. The deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The governor quietly signed the bill into law on Thursday, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and it is now called
Act 219.



Walker's office did not return repeated requests for comment.



State Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), the authors of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, criticized Walker on Thursday for not informing the public of his actions on SB 202.



“We are finally starting to see progress here in Wisconsin, yet like their counterparts across the country, Legislative Republicans want to turn back the clock on women’s rights in the workplace,” said Hansen.



Women earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make. In Wisconsin, it's 75 cents, according to the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH), which also estimates that families in the state "lose more than $4,000 per year due to unequal pay."



Business associations
lobbied in support of SB 202, according to the state's Government Accountability Board. Groups like Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association all backed a repeal.



Sara Finger, executive director of WAWH, said that the repeal was a "demoralizing attack on women’s rights, health, and wellbeing."



"Economic security is a women’s health issue," she said. "The salary women are paid directly affects the type and frequency of health care services they are able to access. At a time when women’s health services are becoming more expensive and harder to obtain, financial stability is essential to maintain steady access."



Walker is facing a recall election in June. The two frontrunners on the Democratic side who are competing to unseat him, former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, sharply criticized the governor for allowing the repeal bill to become law.



Falk said Walker has "turned back the clock for women across Wisconsin."



"As a woman and as a mother who worked full-time while raising my son, I know first-hand how important pay equity and health care are to women across Wisconsin," she said in a statement to The Huffington Post.



A spokesman for Barrett's campaign said that Walker's "ideological civil war includes a war on women, and repeal today of this protection against pay discrimination is a major step backwards for Wisconsin values and basic fairness."



"Tom Barrett knows equal pay for equal work is essential, and failing to stand up for Wisconsin women in the workplace is yet another reason he [Walker] must be defeated this summer," he said.




UPDATE:
2:17 p.m. -- The Plum Line reports that President Barack Obama's campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded to Walker's repeal, calling on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, to take a position on the issue.



"As he campaigned across Wisconsin, Mitt Romney repeatedly praised Governor Scott Walker's leadership, calling him a 'hero' and 'a man of courage,'" she said. "But with his signing yesterday of a bill make it harder for women to enforce in court their right to equal pay, Walker showed how far Republicans are willing to go to undermine not only women's health care, but also their economic security. Does Romney think women should have ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?"

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  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/04/11 21:16:18
    No, the GOP hasn't forgotten. They just don't care about winning the women's ...
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    These regressive Republicans wouldn't be in charge without significant numbers of women voters. Unfortunately.

    So there's a broader issue: Why do some women not seem to care whether ALL women have equal protection under the law?
  • Nestofasssps 2012/04/11 12:02:11
    Yes, the GOP seem to have forgotten that women won the right to vote
    Nestofasssps
    +1
    And they want to take it away
  • DuncanO... Nestofa... 2012/04/14 01:27:47
    DuncanONeil
    Sorry but the claim of this question is completely wrong!
    First it can not be done as it is a Federal law.
    Second there is no bill in the state legislature to even try to do this.
  • Nestofa... DuncanO... 2012/04/14 01:31:57
    Nestofasssps
    +1
    im giving my opinion, not a fact.....there is a difference, do you understand that???
    They have enough bills chipping away at womens services and rights....to make it more than just a passing fancy given a win in the election.Altho I admit, that wont be until they get their collective heads out of their asses. I dont even think 16 is a date they can plan on..
  • DuncanO... Nestofa... 2012/04/14 02:12:27
    DuncanONeil
    I was forced into picking an opinion since there was no answer provided that could be selected.
    But since you brought it up, What "bills chipping away at womens services and rights"?

    "I dont even think 16 is a date they can plan on.." Excuse me? What is this about?
  • Nestofa... DuncanO... 2012/04/14 02:16:28
  • DuncanO... Nestofa... 2012/04/14 02:27:57 (edited)
    DuncanONeil
    D.C. is a unique animal. Congress has a lot of control over D.C.

    "The bill requires that the woman not only get an ultrasound, but that the ultrasound screen be in her line of sight." Actually that is not true. The law specifically states that photo & video is offered to the woman, as well as the recording, who can refuse to view them.

    "OH.....16, is 2016, simpler now" The accepted practice is to write shorthand years as '16.
  • Nestofa... DuncanO... 2012/04/14 10:59:45
    Nestofasssps
    +1
    not over pennsylvania, not alabama not kansas, not texas,.
    PS... WHy are you wanting to force a non medically needed ultrasound on a woman at all???? she still has to go thru with it......Its a punitive action for NO reason. Where is her freedom from a State mandated Medical procedure, only for women of her situation?? now what about the rest of the bills, .
    Apostrophe nazi? grow up..
    Congress is republican right now, so what IS your point?
    Blunt Rubio failed.. Lots of others haven't
  • DuncanO... Nestofa... 2012/04/14 14:43:58
    DuncanONeil
    First of all an ultrasound is non-invasive.
    "Its a punitive action for NO reason" Really!? Giving a patient, or client, all the information possible in order for the patient, or client, to reach a fully informed decision is wrong? Why?

    The states are sovereign bodies. Fully free to pass laws they deem necessary, so long as they are not impinging on the duties and powers assigned to Congress.

    "Apostrophe nazi? grow up" "Nazi"? Got nothing to do with that, it's about writing in a clear and understandable manner.

    Congress is NOT Republican! Only the House has a majority of Republican members. The Senate is a majority Democrat. So Congress is divided!
  • Nestofa... DuncanO... 2012/04/14 22:42:12
  • DuncanO... Nestofa... 2012/04/15 02:18:27
    DuncanONeil
    A completely unnecessary procedure. "impinging on her liberty and her freedom"? What about the liberty & freedom of the infant?

    "LMAO it is the republicans in congress bringing these laws forward." Just which laws from Congress are you trying to claim are doing this?
  • Nestofa... DuncanO... 2012/04/15 02:27:18
    Nestofasssps
    +1
    The fetus has ZERO rights over the mothers body, ...
    The blunt rubio amendment, which was voted down. remember I mentioned it in my last post but one
  • DuncanO... Nestofa... 2012/04/15 03:17:33
    DuncanONeil
    So a new life has no rights? Why?
  • Nestofa... DuncanO... 2012/04/15 10:06:16
    Nestofasssps
    +1
    because it is not born, it is inside the mother and it is not an individual single person, until it is born.
    The fetus has ZERO rights over the mothers ...
  • DuncanO... Nestofa... 2012/04/15 16:54:56
    DuncanONeil
    So you are telling me this is not a new human life? Sounds like a rationalization to assuage the guilt over the death of a new life.
  • Nestofa... DuncanO... 2012/04/16 00:16:54
    Nestofasssps
    +1
    Im telling you a woman has complete say over what happens to her body, not some politician or religious leader,
    Its not assuaging guilt for anything, its claiming MY body is MINE and you have NO claim to what goes into it, or what comes out of it.
  • DuncanO... Nestofa... 2012/04/16 00:26:19
    DuncanONeil
    And it is being said that she needs every bit of information.
  • Nestofa... DuncanO... 2012/04/16 01:00:24
    Nestofasssps
    +1
    you have never been pregnant have you.
    Its not like buying a pair of shoes at a sale.
    Its not medically needed. IF it was, it would be done with EVERY pregnant woman, Not just those who dare to choose to terminate. Its punative, nothing more to be said.
  • Diane DuncanO... 2012/04/16 01:43:39
    Diane
    The brain doesn't start to develop until the third trimester. The problem with Republicans is they can't distinguish between an embryo and a late stage fetus. The personhood amendment that Republicans are pushing would make birth control pills illegal because they can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in the uterus.
  • Diane Nestofa... 2012/04/16 01:28:27
    Diane
    Check this out:

    The Kansas House of Representatives is considering an anti-abortion bill introduced by Republican Rep. Lance Kinzer, that would make it drastically more difficult for women to have the procedure. Buried in the 69 page bill were multiple anti-abortion provisions that have already been proposed in states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona, which could make this bill by far the most extreme anti-abortion bill in America. And Governor Brownback intends to sign it into law when it gets through the legislature.

    The bill would impose a 6.3% tax on all abortions. Even women who are raped would have to pay it if they want the procedure. And women who have emergency abortions to save their lives wouldn’t be exempt from the tax either. Part of the bill would also allow doctors to lie to women about prenatal problems that may cause them to choose abortion, such as an ectopic pregnancy, which is fatal in most cases. This provision is similar to a bill passed by the Arizona Senate on Tuesday. The Kansas bill also forces doctors to tell women that abortion causes breast cancer, which is a total lie that has been debunked by medical science. It could also revoke the accreditation of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s OB-GYN program and would force women to hear the heart beat of the fetus before getting an abortion.
  • Diane DuncanO... 2012/04/16 01:27:59
    Diane
    The Kansas House of Representatives is considering an anti-abortion bill introduced by Republican Rep. Lance Kinzer, that would make it drastically more difficult for women to have the procedure. Buried in the 69 page bill were multiple anti-abortion provisions that have already been proposed in states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona, which could make this bill by far the most extreme anti-abortion bill in America. And Governor Brownback intends to sign it into law when it gets through the legislature.

    The bill would impose a 6.3% tax on all abortions. Even women who are raped would have to pay it if they want the procedure. And women who have emergency abortions to save their lives wouldn’t be exempt from the tax either. Part of the bill would also allow doctors to lie to women about prenatal problems that may cause them to choose abortion, such as an ectopic pregnancy, which is fatal in most cases. This provision is similar to a bill passed by the Arizona Senate on Tuesday. The Kansas bill also forces doctors to tell women that abortion causes breast cancer, which is a total lie that has been debunked by medical science. It could also revoke the accreditation of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s OB-GYN program and would force women to hear the heart beat of the fetus before getting an abortion.
  • Diane DuncanO... 2012/04/16 01:30:51
    Diane
    +1
    An embryo is not an infant.
  • DuncanO... Diane 2012/04/19 01:58:26
    DuncanONeil
    But it is a life!!
  • Diane DuncanO... 2012/04/16 01:33:10
    Diane
    They are state laws and Romney is in favor of them.
  • Diane Nestofa... 2012/04/16 01:30:17
    Diane
    Duncan is wrong. Transvaginal ultrasounds ARE invasive. They have to insert a device into the vagina.
  • Nestofa... Diane 2012/04/16 01:32:27
    Nestofasssps
    +1
    he hasnt been right yet, he is arguing easily debunked scare tactics:) thanks for the update:)
  • Diane DuncanO... 2012/04/16 01:23:12 (edited)
    Diane
    +1
    The transvaginal ultrasounds that the Republicans are pushing ARE invasive. They have to insert the device into the vagina.

    These are state bills not federal bills. And these bills are all sponsored by Republicans and votes are split along party lines -- Republicans vote in favor of them, Democrats vote against them.
  • Roblem BN-0 2012/04/11 05:35:20
    No, the GOP hasn't forgotten. They just don't care about winning the women's ...
    Roblem BN-0
    +1
    It seems as though some wish to see more people working for a lot less money. Never mind how much inflation has increased... as long as the profit margins remain high who cares how people survive as long as we don't help anyone with tax dollars. (Sigh)
  • Diane Roblem ... 2012/04/11 06:01:48
    Diane
    +1
    Yes, I agree. It's not just the GOP's war on women. It's also the GOP's war on the working class.
  • Diane 2012/04/11 05:24:23
    No, the GOP hasn't forgotten. They just don't care about winning the women's ...
    Diane
    Women won't forget this.

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