Obama Signs Exec Orders to Boost Equal Pay
Twin moves seek to reduce gender pay divide
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2014 12:12 PM CDT
President Barack Obama applauds as he speaks at Bladensburg High School, Monday, April 7, 2014, in Bladensburg, Md.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – On National Equal Pay Day, President Obama is taking action to fight the gender wage gap among federal contractors. Today, he signed an executive order requiring the companies to publish their wage data by gender and race, thus pushing them to adhere to laws on equal pay, al Jazeera America reports."Penalizing pay secrecy is an important step that sends a strong message," says a VP for the National Women's Law Center.

The move doesn't apply to private companies, though a Senate vote today could help change that. But the bill in question has twice failed to get through Congress, al Jazeera notes. Meanwhile, a second executive order today bars federal contractors from retaliating against workers who exchange information on their salaries, the Washington Post notes. "Pay inequity is a real and persistent problem that continues to shortchange women, their families, and our economy as a whole," says Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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ObamaBlows
Apr 10, 2014 5:46 PM CDT
This black bastard bullshits about equal pay, while he's been doing everything in his power to murder more American jobs than then all the other Muslim terrorists combined could ever dream of doing. You liberals are like flea bitten dogs, only you lick Obama, Clinton's private parts, instead.....never once wondering why you get no relief, for your misguided efforts.
Chris Farley
Apr 10, 2014 11:45 AM CDT
political theatrics 101.
drumz
Apr 9, 2014 3:41 PM CDT
Part Trois (hehe, I love ticking off RW simpleton haters) The right has become such a sorry excuse for what used to be a nation built on pride, not waiting for some rich guy to trickle-down on you, such sorry saps, Reaganites, Shrub huggers, the women haters, the racists, such a big tent full of piss and venom, so pathetic, so sad. Keep blaming everyone but the sorry saps you elect, LOSERS.