If some citizens out there is still of the belief that there is NOT a “WAR ON WOMEN” from the Republican Party; well once again we have yet one more bit of evidence that even under threat of being thrown out office for the mandated abuses to the citizens of Wisconsin by his overlords, “The Koch Brothers,” Governor Scott Walker repealed the “2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act.”
Yes the Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov.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 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.
SB 202 was sent to Walkeron 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 the repeal.
Sara Finger, executive director of WAWH, said that the repeal was a “demoralizing attack on women’s rights, health, and well being.”
“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.”
So for every FATHER with a DAUGHTER, a BROTHER with a SISTER, for every TRUE MAN WITH A MOTHER, the Republicans in control of Wisconsin see fit to enable employers to keep 51% of the U.S.population, THE WOMEN IN OUR LIVES, in unequal pay and health care, which economically enslaves those who are so important in our lives.
FOLLOW THE MONEY!!
As Mitt Romney campaigned across Wisconsin, and repeatedly praised Governor Scott Walker’s leadership, calling him a “hero” and “a man of courage.”
(MITT is an ASSHOLE with the medical smoke blower from the previous posting)
But with Walker’s signing yesterday of a bill making 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?
I THINK WE TRULY KNOW THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION. What a group of true slimy BASTARDS and for all who are supporting them!