Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List:
Salary Transparency Will Help Women: "Being able to talk about pay with co-workers makes a positive difference. With knowledge about salaries and pay practices, workers can be better advocates for raises and other pay reforms. Working women can join together and advocate for equal pay—and not stay in the dark about pay discrimination. Pay transparency makes it easier to make positive change."
Government Didn’t Fail Flint, Austerity Did: "There's a better way. Instead of trying to cut our way to prosperity, we should focus on supporting and growing the middle class. Raising wages. Securing entitlements and the social safety net. Making sure Wall Street and big business don't continue to squeeze every last breath from workers for stagnant wages that buy less every year, while pocketing bigger and bigger profits. And spending what we need to spend to provide the infrastructure that enables our communities to be prosperous and safe."
Working People Rally Against Right to Work Law: "On Friday, lawmakers made the decision to overturn Gov. Tomblin's veto on two important issues, Right to Work and Prevailing Wage. This left many people unhappy, including a large group of people who held a rally to oppose to law. Upset, frustrated and disappointed are just a few adjectives to describe that large group of working people who held a Anti-Right-to-Work rally in Morgantown."
8 More Important Quotes from Working People Speaking Out Against the TPP: "More than 11,000 working people sent comments to the U.S. International Trade Commission about the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership."
The Republican Obstructionism 'Game' on Federal Judges: "Let’s be clear: U.S. Supreme Court nominees are, in fact, confirmed in election years—even when the Senate is not controlled by the president’s party. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee, was confirmed by a Democratic-controlled Congress in February 1988, 65 days after his nomination in November 1987. And Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted to confirm now-Justice Kennedy in that election year."
More Than 100 State and Local Governments Considering Anti-TPP Resolutions: "More than 100 state and local governments have introduced or passed resolutions opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In addition, more than 100 resolutions opposing the TPP were passed at recent precinct caucuses in Iowa."
Trumka to Senate Republicans, 'Do Your Job' and Consider the Nominee for the Supreme Court Vacancy: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a message for Senate Republicans who are signaling they will place a giant roadblock in the way of filling the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat: Do your job."
Pope Brings Call for Dignity and Solidarity to the Border: "The labor movement is welcoming Pope Francis back to North America this week and joining with those celebrating his historic visit to the U.S.–Mexico border. His visit brings a much-needed message of solidarity at a time when immigrants, refugees and working people are increasingly under attack."
New AFL-CIO TPP Report Highlights Lack of Worker Protections: "A new report released today shows how the Trans-Pacific Partnership lacks adequate labor rights provisions. AFL-CIO Director of International Affairs Cathy Feingold explained the problem."
Scott Walker Wants to Make Wisconsin Just Like Flint: "Today, the Wisconsin Legislature is scheduled to vote on legislation that would open the door to the privatization of municipal water systems without democratic input from local citizens. The legislation, the Fast Path to Water Privatization Bill (AB 554), was added to the calendar at the last minute despite the fact that it could affect every Wisconsinite and lead to a repeat of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis in community after community."
Surprise, Surprise! They're Lying to You About Voter ID Laws: "Supporters of strict voter identification laws argue that they are needed to prevent voter fraud and that they aren't designed to suppress anyone's vote. We've already known for quite a while that voter fraud is largely a myth. Research from the 2014 election shows that voter ID laws suppress the votes of Democrats at more than twice the rate the laws block Republican voters. Are you shocked?"