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In Arkansas Saturday night,  Hillary Clinton promised to continue to battle for women’s equity in the workplace.

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vows to "keep fighting for equal pay for equal work" for women. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vows to “keep fighting for equal pay for equal work” for women. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Taking to Twitter today, she pushed back at remarks by Mitch McConnell and took a position on Dodd-Frank.

If Sen. McConnell thinks fighting for women and families is playing the “gender card”—okay. Here’s our :

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Hillary has also proposed increased profit-sharing.  Americans work hard.  Those who put in the hard work and long hours should experience the benefits of some ownership of the operation in which they labor.  Evidence supports the benefits to the employer of including the employees in the profits.

Profit sharing is just common sense. See Hillary’s plan:

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While we are on the subject of fair pay and workplace equity, this morning, there is this from the Wall Street Journal.

Overtime Rules Send Bosses Scrambling

Rachel Feintzeig, Rachel Emma Silverman, Lauren Weber
Companies are racing to track and manage the hours their employees really work, following a White House proposal that would put millions more U.S. workers in line for overtime pay. The plans, issued last month by the Labor Department, would more than double the salary threshold that determines which workers are eligible for time-and-a-half pay when working more than 40 hours in a week. Those rules won’t be finalized for months, but already companies are seeking ways to comply with the law and keep a lid on labor costs. Some firms are installing software that alerts managers when workers are at risk of running up overtime pay, while others are evaluating which staffers should receive salaries and which should switch to hourly pay. And others may discourage checking email after working hours. Read more >>>>

Wow!  Scrambling!  To pay fairly.  Pathetic!  But employers have been getting away with this for far too long.  The magician’s trick here is putting people on managerial salary (often for a few thousand per year beyond what they were making in the ranks) and then expecting unlimited hours put in at that yearly rate. In a prior position, over 14 years, I worked 13 Saturdays a year.  I was not paid for those Saturdays even at a daily rate the heck with overtime.  I was told it was part of the job description and all of those hours were covered by my yearly salary which ranged from 22K to 26K over those years,  My staffers who worked on those Saturdays, salaried at 18K to 23K  over the same period, were paid time-and-a-half.   I was responsible for all of the work done by my staff and stayed until all the work was finished no matter when others were free to go home – I had to.  The work had to be done. I worked 182 Saturdays over those years for which I was not paid beyond my regular 9-5:30 pay.  I will not even bother with the extra two to five hours I regularly put in Mon. – Fri. beyond regular office hours.  I held no manner of ownership in the organization. I worked as if I did.

It is bad enough that people are cheated on their paychecks with this trick.  I would love a grandfather clause that allowed me to collect those unpaid wages.  The most insidious underbelly to this practice is that those hours and the funds that might have been paid do not count into social security either.   Those are funds that should not only be paid but also should be taxed and appear in your SSI contributions.  It is a double-blind trap for workers, depriving them both of present and future compensation and also cheats the social security system of taxable funds.

If you are a woman in this situation, you have no way to know if your male counterparts do receive the overtime pay.  You suck it up.  If you are a single woman, the assumption is that you have unlimited extra hours to contribute in this way despite hidden responsibilities that nobody cares about such as ill and aging parents and other family members and your own, perhaps invisible, disabilities and personal issues.

Nobody’s time and efforts should be taken for granted.  Work and the profits it engenders should be compensated equitably.  The economy does well when American families do well.  Families do well when all working members are treated with fairness.  Hillary is fighting for all of us.  It is not just a women’s issue.  It is an American issue.  If we want to see change in the workplace, we need to be behind her.



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