Original version written on April 5, 2017.
Yesterday, April 4, 2017, was the recognized Equal Pay Day—although if you’re a woman of color, your “equal pay day” falls later in the year; I haven’t yet found a calculation for anyone in the LGBTIQ community. Equal Pay Day(s) represent(s) the time it takes for the paychecks of women to catch up to those of men, assuming the end of the fiscal year as December 31.
And in case you didn’t hear, last week on March 27, 2017, Trump quietly pulled back the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order put in place in 2014 by Pres. Obama. Obama’s order required federally-contracted companies to follow 14 labor and civil rights laws.
These 14 now-nullified laws are the (A) Fair Labor Standards Act, (B) the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; C) the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act; (D) the National Labor Relations Act; (E) the Davis-Bacon Act; (F) Service Contract Act; (G) Equal Employment Opportunity Act; (H) section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; (I) the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; (J) the Family and Medical Leave Act; (K) title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; (L) the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; (M) the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; (N) Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors; and (O) equivalent State laws, as defined in guidance issued by the Department of Labor.
Trump’s executive order negatively affects women, people in the LGBTIQ community, people of color, people with disabilities, Vietnam veterans, parents and expectant parents, people with hourly and contract jobs, people who get injured on the job, seasonal and migrant workers, working seniors, and more. So, who’s benefiting from this…? <<Thinking space>>
And what can we do? Educate ourselves. Look at our state laws. Call our elected representatives–our U.S. Senators and Congressmembers, State Senators and Assemblymembers; our Governors, Mayors, and City Councilsmembers. Attend our Town Hall meetings and City Council meetings–talk about the issues that matter to us. Look at our employer’s mission statement, values, and policies. Business owners, too, can choose to uphold the fairness and integrity now missing from our national laws.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “…The time is always ripe to do right.”
How to Find & Contact Your Representatives:
Find Your State Representatives: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
Find your U.S. Senators: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Find your U.S. Congressmembers: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Find your State & Local Officials: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Phone numbers, addresses, and email address are listed on their websites, and many also have email forms on their websites.
To call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
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