Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, H.R. 2831, S. 1843 (110th Congress)

Lilly Ledbetter is a woman from Alabama who for two decades got paid less than her male counter parts in the same job. Now the Congress for the last few years has been kicking around the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. For which I hope passes...
Here once again lies the problem, we have NOW, Women's Law Center, just to name a few. These organizations raise millions of dollars of your money, with this Fair Pay Act you would think they would be spending this money in the media trying to get women involved to get the word out for them to call their legislature. “Nope” on the eve of the vote they now reach out to members to mobilize.
Why I ask you do we support these inept groups, they have dropped the ball time and time again. This is why Alice Paul started her own group, and thank the stars she did or it probably would have been thirty or fifty more years, women would have fought to get the right to vote...
I say we get on the horn contact every representative we know that if they do not do all in their power to get this past we will see them ousted out of their job period.
I say we send Now, and any other women's groups we can think of that has been around for more than a year and has raised more than a few million in a year. Send them the Alice Paul salute, boot them like the National American Women's Suffragettes Movement, or else we will never see the ERA come to fruition. Send these organization one line “I am not waiting fifty years and you do not represent me anymore”, I will be avenge or I will support the first Alice Paul that comes along...
Sincerely Je'Amour P. Matthews ( Betty or Red Truck )
Democracy In Suffrage
I must add to this look at the picture, this is Lilly Ledbetter with Obama who gave Hillary Clinton the finger, the brush off, and slung more sexist assaults not only on her but also Governor Sarah Palin. Obama paid his female Senate staff less than the men, how could he possibly support this?Remember how is this man going to support human rights when his wife sat a board of a food company who main work force was illegals...
I got confirmation that Congressman Jason Altmire supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. You can contact Congressman Jason Altmire at;
Washington, D.C. Office
332 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
I called Congressman Mike Doyle office in D.C. I got confirmation he is supporting this...
Washington, D.C. Office:
401 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2135
Fax: 202-225-3084
I called Senator Robert Casey Jr. office; I got the run around, I understand Robert Casey is a co-sponsor of this piece of Legislation (Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), but I wonder then why he never supported Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton bid for President? Please contact Senator Robert Casey office because they say they hear not from supporters of this legislation, and let him know you are a concerned citizen and looking for defenders of Women's rights, and the ERA...
Washington D.C.
383 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6324
Toll Free: (866) 802-2833
Fax: (202) 228-0604
I called Senator Arlen Specter office, I got more of the run around it seems no one calls these offices enough. Senator Arlene Specter is not a co sponsor of this Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and he will not say one way or another if he would support it. I urge everyone to call these Senators offices, do not get put off when they ask you to email their offices because they get ignored, demand to know why he will not sponsor or support the bill? Give them your info who you are because you live in Pennsylvania, and a constituent.
Washington DC
711 Hart Building
Washington , DC 20510
Main: 202-224-4254
Fax: 202-228-1229

"Lilly Ledbetter"

Lilly Ledbetter’s Story
I’m a former employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. For close to two decades, I was paid less than my male co-workers — even though I was doing the same work they were, and doing it well. The company kept the discrimination quiet and I didn't know about the pay gap until I got an anonymous note about it. Seeking to rectify this injustice, I brought Goodyear to court.
A jury found that Goodyear had discriminated and awarded me more than $3 million in damages. But Goodyear appealed my case all the way to the Supreme Court and got a reversal of the jury verdict by one vote. The Court said I should have filed my complaint within six months of the original act of discrimination — even though at the time I didn't know the discrimination was happening, let alone have enough evidence to complain.
My case set a new and dangerous precedent. According to the Court, if pay discrimination isn't challenged within six months, a company can pay a woman less than a man for the rest of the woman's career. I wonder what other forms of discrimination the Supreme Court will permit in the future.
Fortunately, the Senate is now considering the Fair Pay Restoration Act. If it passes, this bill would tell the Supreme Court it got it wrong. The bill would give all employees a better shot at a fair workplace, making it easier to ensure justice for those who have been discriminated against based on sex, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and age.

Where have all the leaders have Gone?

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.
Lee Iacocca Says:
'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'Stay the course.'
Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'
You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.
The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq , the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the ' America ' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?
I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)
Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.
On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here's where we stand.
We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving.
We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the country.
We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.
Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble.
Our borders are like sieves.
The middle class is being squeezed every which way.
These are times that cry out for leadership.
But when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where have all the leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.
Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?
We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.
Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial hours after the storm.
Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the next time.
Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, what are we going to do about it?
Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.
I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?
Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America . In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some of America 's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great Depression,' 'World War II,' the 'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11.
If I've learned one thing, it's this: 'You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this book. It's a "Call to Action" for people who, like me, believe in America '. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the crap and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had "enough".