Fair Wage Act http://wesa.fm en Looking at The Numbers Behind Pittsburgh's Wage Gap http://wesa.fm/post/looking-numbers-behind-pittsburghs-wage-gap <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Women in the Pittsburgh metro area <a href="http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/workplace-fairness/fair-pay/pittsburgh-women-and-the-wage-gap.pdf">made an average of $13,407 less than their male counterparts</a> in 2013. For male and female employees with identical levels of education and experience, the female worker will make an average of 73 cents for every dollar paid to the man, according to the <a href="http://www.nationalpartnership.org/issues/fairness/wage-gap-map.html">National Partnership for Women and Families</a>. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Thursday in Market Square, groups will join together for Pittsburgh’s <a href="https://pittsburghequalpayday.wordpress.com/equal-pay-fact-sheet/">Equal </a></span><a href="https://pittsburghequalpayday.wordpress.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pay Day Rally</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. According to Heather </span>Arnet<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, the goal of the rally is to highlight the</span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2014/04/20/The-most-livable-city-for-whom-GIANINA-MARQUEZ-OLIVERA/stories/201404200021" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;injustice </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of the gap and push legislation that would allow women to fight for better pay.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:29:10 +0000 Katherine Blackley 28061 at http://wesa.fm Looking at The Numbers Behind Pittsburgh's Wage Gap Trying to Live on the Minimum Wage http://wesa.fm/post/trying-live-minimum-wage <p>Originally meant to protect American workers from being exploited, the Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938 and set mandatory federal minimum wages at 25 cents per hour.&nbsp; In the years following, congress and the President acted to raise minimum wage to keep up with inflation and productivity. Around the 1980’s, it became much more difficult to get a labor wage bill out of congress and the term “living wage” circulates to replace the widely criticized minimum wage.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/pittsburgh-workers-protest-for-higher-wages-696763/">Many protesters</a> and researchers find that the minimum wage does not reflect the actual cost of living and no longer keeps pace with the country’s economic growth. Labor Economist <strong>Mark Price</strong> of the <a href="http://keystoneresearch.org">Keystone Research Center</a> in Harrisburg shares his statistical findings and suggestions for improvement.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:57:35 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14320 at http://wesa.fm Trying to Live on the Minimum Wage