Tell the Labor Department to support equal pay ~ a repost

BudgetEconomyTell the Labor Department to support equal pay

Did you know that some employers tell their workers that they cannot talk about their wages? Or that some workers could be punished for having a conversation with a co-worker about their paychecks?

For too many, that’s the truth. More than 6 in 10 private-sector workers say their employer either bars or discourages them from sharing information about their pay.

This unfair practice allows companies to keep wage discrepancies hidden. It also contributes to discrimination in the workplace. And that’s bad news for our work on equal pay.

But there’s good news, too: The Department of Labor is working on a plan to end these salary gag rules. Here’s your chance to tell it you support these efforts.

Tell the Department of Labor you support
this equal pay rule
Send a comment to the Department of Labor telling it that workersshould not be punished for talking about their pay.Take Action

If workers could talk about their wages openly and without fear, they could find out if they’re being paid less and determine if the discrepancy is due to discrimination based on their gender, race, or ethnicity.

And of course, women are hit hardest by wage discrepancies. Overall, women make just 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. African American women face a larger gap when their wages are compared to white men, making just 64 cents on the dollar. And Latinas make only 56 cents compared to white men.

Plus, the proposed rule wouldn’t just prohibit retaliation against workers who discuss their pay. It would also require contractors to give employees clear information about how they’re protected from retaliation for discussing pay.

Help us fight for equal pay for women today. Send a comment to the Department of Labor.

Thank you for taking action.

Fatima Goss Graves
Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women’s Law Center

Joe Sestak …

VoteVets.orgSix years ago, in an impossible year for progressives, retired Navy Admiral Joe Sestak lost a heartbreaking campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania by two points to Tea Party favorite, Pat Toomey.

Great news though: moments ago, Joe Sestak announced that he’s seeking a rematch in 2016, and VoteVets is proud to stand with him.

If the Senate is going to change hands next November, progressives must flip Pennsylvania … and Joe Sestak is the best choice to lead the way.

It is imperative that Joe Sestak’s campaign get off to a strong start today. Help make it happen your $3 contribution to his campaign.

Pat Toomey stood with Senate extremists who held veterans’ health care hostage during a time of crisis last year, introducing legislation that would put the Department of Veterans Affairs on a path to privatization, as well. As former President of the Club for Growth, he literally led the fight to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

Retired Admiral Sestak’s vision for veterans and working families stands in stark contrast to Senator Toomey’s. You can be sure he’ll stand up for us on the campaign trail, and in office … because he’s done it his entire career.

VoteVets is proud to stand with Joe Sestak’s campaign for U.S. Senate. He’s family. Join us with your $3 contribution today:

Joe Sestak served his country for over thirty years in the United States Navy. He’ll make a great leader in the United States Senate.

Thanks for standing with him,

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman

Nine Justices, Nine Million Lives


The Fate of Millions of Americans’ Healthcare Rests in the Hands of Nine Supreme Court Justices … a repost

Oral arguments start tomorrow for King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court case that threatens to strip subsidies away from millions of Americans in more than three dozen states. There is no legal basis for taking healthcare away from millions of Americans, and through this case—the latest chapter in a years-long partisan campaign—the GOP is trying to use the Court (again) to do what they have been unable to do in Congress or at the ballot box: repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Below are some of the most recent comments from lawyers who have studied the law and journalists who have reported on it since the beginning that illustrate just how high the stakes are for this case:

Larry Tribe in The Boston Globe: “Finding for the challengers would require taking a few words in the ACA out of their proper context, ignoring the law’s structure and purpose, and even jettisoning the conservative justices’ own pro-states’ rights views.”

Jeffrey Toobin in the New Yorker:”[The Justices’] decision in the mean-spirited lawsuit that is King v. Burwell will reflect little on the interpretive schools to which they belong. The Court will have many more chances to define the Constitution for the ages. In this case, though, the Justices’ choice is a simple one: life or death.”

Steven Brill in Reuters: “If a majority of supposedly objective justices decide to ignore the facts and buy [the plaintiffs’] argument, they will have engaged in a breathtaking act of political activism. For those of us who have always regarded our highest court as a national monument to the rule of law, it will be profoundly depressing.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board: “It would be an American tragedy if the court decides to use seven little words to take away a benefit that already is helping millions of working families.”

New York Times Editorial Board: “Whatever legal games the challengers play, this case has never been more than a ginned-up, baseless attack on one of the most important pieces of social legislation of the last generation. The health of millions of Americans hangs in the balance.”

The stakes of this case are incredibly high: millions of Americans could lose their health insurance and close to 10,000 people a year could die.

Here’s what you can do. Tomorrow morning, hundreds of supporters of the Affordable Care Act will rally outside the Supreme Court. If you live in the Washington area, RSVP here to join them in person. If you live farther away, join them with your support for the Affordable Care Act online using the hashtag #DontTakeMyCare.

BOTTOM LINE: Because of a small group of ideological conservatives, the fate of millions of Americans’ healthcare rests in the hands of nine justices. Those justices have the choice to either act as a political arm of the Republican Party or to put patients over politics and uphold the law. Tomorrow is an important chance to tell them to make the right choice.

Vets Bill …. Blocked

Montel Williams To GOP Senator Blocking Vets Bill: “How Dare You” (06:35)

Montel Williams spoke his mind on MSNBC’s The Ed Show about Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who is blocking the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention For American Veterans Act.

Do employees in Washington deserve the right to paid sick leave?


Do employees in Washington deserve the right to paid sick leave?


Do workers in Washington deserve the right to fair pay?


Do we — right now — have the opportunity to lead the nation in creating an economy that works for all Washingtonians?


This week, the Washington state House is hearing bills on both guaranteeing paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage.

Workers shouldn’t have to choose between their health — and their families’ health — and putting food on the table. That’s why guaranteeing that most employers provide paid sick leave is the right thing to do.

Raising the minimum wage is fair to workers, and it’ll boost our state’s economy as whole. When workers have more money to spend, local businesses across the state benefit. Raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour is not only fair — it’s smart.

While these two bills are being heard in the House, it’s critical that we build up public support for a Washington economy that works for all. Washington is the best place in the country to live and work. Let’s keep leading by supporting these two bills. Will you sign on today?

Join me in supporting a Washington that works for all, and sign on in support of paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage.

Along with improving our infrastructure, investing in education, and supporting an accessible healthcare system, guaranteeing paid sick leave and a fair minimum wage are essential to providing a Washington that works and provides opportunity for all.

Thank you for your commitment to creating a better Washington.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee