First Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Roundtable on Equal Pay, Encourages Continued Action to End Gender Pay Gap in Pennsylvania

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Roundtable on Equal Pay, Encourages Continued Action to End Gender Pay Gap in Pennsylvania Economy,  Equality,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women today joined business leaders, lawmakers and advocates for a roundtable discussion at the Governor’s Residence focused on Governor Wolf’s executive action to address the gender pay gap in state government and the need to enact similar policies to protect all women in Pennsylvania from gender-based pay discrimination.“When women are paid just 79 cents on the dollar of what men are paid, we have a real problem. And the problem is even worse for women of color with African American women making just 63 cents on the dollar of what men are paid,” the First Lady Wolf said. “We have taken steps to eliminate the gender pay gap for Pennsylvania state employees, but we need to do more. Working together, I know that we can make equal pay for equal work a reality for all Pennsylvanians.”On June 6th, Governor Wolf signed Executive Order: 2018-18-03 – Equal Pay for Employees of the Commonwealth, which directs state agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to:No longer ask job applicants their salary history during the hiring processBase salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skillsClearly explain the pay range on job postingThe Executive Order, which applies to management-level positions, takes effect 90 days from the day it was signed.“The gender pay gap is wrong. It is wrong for women, it is wrong for families and it is wrong for Pennsylvania,” said Randi Teplitz, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “The Commission for Women was proud to stand with Governor Wolf when he signed his executive order banning this practice in state government, but now we must come together to ensure that no woman in Pennsylvania is paid less simply because of her gender.”The First Lady was also joined by advocates who have been strong voices to end the pay gap in the state capitol and throughout Pennsylvania, including the American Association of University Women.“Pay equity is not just a matter of fairness but the key to families making ends meet,” said AAUW-PA Public Policy Co-Chair Barbara Price. “Wage discrimination limits women’s choices and has real consequences. It impairs their ability to buy homes and pay for a college education and limits their total lifetime earnings, thereby reducing their retirement savings and benefits.”Women working full time, year-round in Pennsylvania are paid just 79 cents on the dollar of what men are paid. That gap widens among women minorities, with black women making 63 cents on the dollar, Native American women making 57 cents on the dollar, and Latina women making 54 cents on the dollar. Pennsylvania ranks 29th out of the 50 states for pay disparity, and fifth among its seven surrounding states.Tomorrow, August 7, 2018, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which signifies how long into the year it takes an African American woman to make the same amount of money a man makes for the year prior. This means that a black woman would have to work more than 200 additional days to make the same amount of money a white man makes in a year. August 06, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Study Indicates Number of Infected with Coronavirus off by Hundreds of Thousands in LA

first_imgThe Los Angeles Times is reporting that hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles County residents may have been infected with the coronavirus by early April, far outpacing the number of officially confirmed cases, according to a report released Monday.The initial results from the first large-scale study tracking the spread of the coronavirus in the county found that 4.1% of adults have antibodies to the virus in their blood, an indication of past exposure. That translates to roughly 221,000 to 442,000 adults who have recovered from an infection, according to the researchers conducting the study. The county had reported fewer than 8,000 cases at that time. The findings also suggest the fatality rate may be much lower than previously thought. This discrepancy also means that the U.S. could be inching closer to herd immunity which is when most of a population is immune to an infectious disease because they’ve had it. Usually 70% to 90% of a population needs immunity to achieve herd immunity which absent a vaccine, would be key to a return to normal life. The early results from L.A. County come three days after Stanford researchers reported that the coronavirus appears to have circulated much more widely in Santa Clara County than previously thought.Though the county had reported roughly 1,000 cases in early April, the Stanford researchers estimate the actual number was 48,000 to 81,000.The findings indicate that a significant portion of those carrying the virus apparently don’t show no symptoms at all, and therefore are unknowingly infecting others.Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of President Trump’s coronavirus task force, said during the White House briefing that the USC results underscore “concern about asymptomatic spread” because it is harder to trace.“This has been the fundamental question to begin with,” she said, emphasizing the importance of treating the disease as “highly contagious.”The news out of Los Angeles is in line with the exclusive reporting 850WFTL did last month on the true number of exposures to COVID-19 and when infections really began.Infectious diseases expert Dr. Aileen Marty from FIU in Miami told Jen and Bill on March 16th, that the novel coronavirus numbers in the U.S. are wrong today because the disease has been here infecting us for months. Therefore, she says the number of confirmed cases and deaths in America and are too low. Dr. Marty believes infections in the U.S. began in January 2020. Click here for more on 850 WFTL’s reporting from March 16th.last_img read more

Real progress to Champions League final

first_imgReal won 4-2 on aggregate, and will play Juventus in the final in Cardiff on June 3rd. Photo: © UEFA.com There was to be no miracle on the final European night at the Vicente Calderon.Real Madrid progressed to the Champions League final at the expense of their city rivals Atletico, despite a 2-1 defeat last night.It was Isco’s goal just before half time that killed the tie in Real’s favour.last_img