Women’s Right to Equal Pay Repealed in Wisconsin

If you are not up to date with the situation in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker (R) was elected in 2010 and repealed teacher’s collective bargaining rights in order to “balance the budget.” Since he had made no mention of this plan before he ran, Wisconsinites organized a Recall Walker campaign, and there will be a recall election this Fall. Now he has gone to far.

Without even making a statement, Walker signed a bill on April 5th which repealed  2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act. He finally explained his reasoning when he was asked about the bill saying that lawyers were using the law to “clog up the legal system.”

“In the past, lawyers could clog up the legal system,” Walker said. “Instead, the state Department of Workforce Development gets to be the one that ultimately can put people back and give them up to two years back pay if there is reason to believe there was pay discrimination in the workforce.”

The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was passed to prevent employees from being discriminated against by their employers by allowing women to press charges more easily. Instead of going to the more expensive federal court, women were able to take their cases to the state court system.

Women start seeing discrimination in the workplace as soon as they get out of college.  The American Association of University

Scott Walker on February 18, 2011

Scott Walker on February 18, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Women found that women earned 5 percent less than their male counterparts the first year out of college. After ten years, even if women and men keep working on par in their jobs, women earn 12 percent less.

This action only proves that Walker is willing to run over anything if he thinks he could save a bit of money. Teachers rights?! Who needs those? Unfortunately the men and women who have the tremendous responsibility to educate the states’ children need them. His policies contributed to the 4,600 private sector jobs lost in Wisconsin last month. I started out supporting him, but it is clear to me that there is no way to have a clear conscience and simultaneously support this man.


7 Responses to Women’s Right to Equal Pay Repealed in Wisconsin

  1. RichardB1001 says:

    Reblogged this on Passing Through . . . . and commented:
    Governor Scott Walker is right up there with Paul Ryan in trying to cut employment as a way to get out of a recession. I wish Boehner, et al. would face recalls too.

    • cmunal says:

      You have to cut the budget or there won’t be any government employees in the first place. I’d rather cut the size of government than trying to tax ourselves into prosperity.

  2. JohnSmart says:

    I’m no Walker fan and his action on the equal pay bill is appalling and may well tip the balance in the recall race. No matter how one feel about this law, he made a huge political error here.

    That said, Walker very much ran on disempowering government. Shrinking aspects of it. I don’t think it’s fair to say his actions after he won were a surprise. And I’m pro union but I see no reason why government unions should be allowed to control budgets. Or force employees to pay dues. I was a teacher and I can tell you the teacher union exists to protect itself, not promote education.

    Not in Wisconsin, if i was i would not have voted for Walker. But I’d also vote against recalling him. He ran as a conservative and most people voted for him. In CA we’ve had a recall recently. I was every bit as bogus. Threatened power groups went after a duly elected gov. They won. If government unions were surprised by Walker’s actions they were not paying attention.

  3. theabccafe says:

    Wow-I don’t live in Wisconsin, but that’s just awful. More should be said about equal pay in order for things to finally get to where they should be. I certainly hope that changes are made when I get a job.

  4. PalomaGenios says:

    Did we not understand that the State Of Wisconsin was severely in deep red cheese to the tune of multiple BILLIONs. of dollars …and some of these state union organizations are literally strangling state coffers with all manner of dubious provisions….?

    Look at California…the entire State Is bankrupt. I know the Unions want a safety net for all the members…but taxing all remaining working people to and beyond the grave is a failed system.

    5%?…so what. Work more hours if you want more money, get a second job,…the whole work world is not about parity and perfect equality. Get the job done, perform, excel at your profession, put in 5% more effort, volunteer 5%, don’t live beyond your means, pay your bills, don,t go into consumer debt, cur up your credit cards, and in 5 years you.ll be 80% ahead of everyone you work with, and in the top 4% of the debtless people in the country…Even Ahead of The Men.!

    And that us not just a recipe for workers in Wisconsin…that’s for Washington too!

    So…I still say go Scott.!!:)

  5. I agree with JohnSmart except that I am a Walker fan. He’s had the guts to do what needs to be done to rein in government run amok.

    On ‘Equal Pay’ – I’m a woman and mother of three daughers, and I strongly believe equal pay acts are misguided. Women worth their salt as employees will be paid accordingly by good employers, or they can freely take their skills elsewhere. That’s the way freedom works.

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