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Friday, January 30, 2009

The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, change the daddy can believe in

"I never knew about the pay difference between me and the men until I was near the end of my career at Goodyear {Tire Company}"
--Lily Ledbetter

Listen up. Today, the daddy is feeling Prez Obama and the fact that he has just signed his first bill into law: the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act effectively ends a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said workers had only 180 days to file a pay-discrimination lawsuit.

You may remember that Obama and fellow Democrats campaigned hard against the Supreme Court's decision and promised they would pass legislation that would give workers more time to sue their employers for past discrimination, when they took the White House. Well, a brotha and the democrats kept their promise.

The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is the first bill the Prez has signed into law.

The Prez signed the bill into law in the East Room of the White House. Present were Lily Ledbetter, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other top women in government:
During the ceremony, President Obama said:

"And I sign this bill for my daughters, and all those who will come after us... because I want them to grow up in a nation that values their contributions, where there are no limits to their dreams and they have opportunities their mothers and grandmothers never could have imagined."

The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act-- that's change the daddy can believe in!


MountainLaurel said...

As well as change I can believe in!

A Whitney in Boston said...

A victory for working people everywhere... applause President Obama!

judy said...

Something to make note of... the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act had only three Republican votes in the House and only five in the Senate - four women and Arlen Spector. Republicans said they did not support the bill because it would encourage law suits.

Yeah, but only for companies who are breaking the law.

MacDaddy said...

Judy: Thanks for providing this additional info about the Republican vote on this bill, which I think is pretty immoral, even for them, don't you think?

Whitney: Yes, a victory for working people everywhere.

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Guess I need to get busy filing my complaints...just kidding...kinda :)

This is great, looking forward to more that directly affects the public. Have a fab weekend!

Nun in the Hood said...

Dear macDaddy,
I, too, am so proud of President Obama, not only for this important move, but just generally the way he has hit the ground running!!!
He needs our continued prayers as he makes every effort to reach out to the 'other side'.....and to promote CHANGE in the way things are done in DC.

truth said...

This is good for Obama and great for America! He's got a rough road ahead of him, but for some reason I believe Obama's presidency will be a success.

MacDaddy said...

Nun: I agree: So far, The Prez has done a good job making so many positive, progressive changes in so short of time. But I do think he needs to be pressured to go farther. Blessings, Sister.

rainywalker said...

All people should receive the same pay for equal jobs. We all know this has not been true in the past.This should level the playing field and be fair to all.

nun in the hood said...

oh, yes, MacDaddy....The Prez could always do more, but don't you agree that he has done more in a few days than most of us might do in a LIFETIME, even after celebrating a Golden Jubilee!!!

MacDaddy said...

Nun: Yes! And I'm proud of him.
Rainywalker. Of course you're right...this should be logical, but I don't know what's logical to Republicans anymore, if I ever did.