June 5, 2012

Washington Lobbyist Mobilized Against Paycheck Fairness Act, Celebrated When It Went Down

Today, the Paycheck Fairness Act — which seeks to help close the pay gap between men and women in the United States — suffered a defeat in the U.S. Senate.

Although much of the opposition to the bill is being summed up as ideologically driven, some Big Money interests also oppose it — fearing that public policy that enforces pay equity may eat into their profits.

Yesterday on Twitter, Lisa Horn, a lobbyist for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which represents human resources officers in firms, tweeted out a link calling on SHRM members to contact Congress and voice their opposition to the bill:

Meanwhile, SRHM blasted out an email to its members warning that the bill would “restrict employer flexibility in pay decisions” — essentially complaining that employers would be deterred from making sexist pay decisions.

Susan H. Jackson, the Human Resources  (HR) Manager and Top Talent Recruiter at cruise.com, helped amplify the  SRHM message:

Several other SHRM staffers and Twitter accounts also relayed the message to HR managers across the country. When the bill failed, Horn tweeted out a victory message:

Again, much of the media portrayed the battle over the Paycheck Fairness Act as one between liberal and conservative ideologies, or between men and women. But businesses whose greed prevented them from supporting pay equity played a sizable role in the bill’s defeat as well.

  • Pmbg5

    Are you women getting paid more than the male lobbyists to say and do what you have done. How do any of you who voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act. face the women you love and tell them what a great idea to pay women less. SHAME<SHAME on you

  • hepette

    its outrageous that ANY woman would vote against lilly ledbetter.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wow, way to undermine your sisters. Hope you got a nice fat paycheck for it, ya sellout.

  • It’s a raise straight to the bottom. Yesterday I said “may the best man win in Wisconsin” and look at what happened. I’m saying the same for the presidential election and may Romney win. After yesterday, I firmly believe that it’s all lost and that any step in the right direction is nothing but a flimsy Band Aid which will delay the inevitable for a nanasecond. So, let Romney win the presidency. By the end of his 4 years, the entire population will be destitute, eating out of the garbage cans of the 1%ers but their eyes will be wide open and then, they’ll do what they have to in order to put an end to this mess.

    • CatKinNY

      I’m sharpening my pitchfork, and Home Depot is having a great sale on torches!

      • pam woodard

        Oh, I keep waiting for the angry MOB CatKinNY i look around and all i see is flocks of sheeple waiting for mainstream media to feed them their next meal of propaganda to digest for more uninformed decision making.

        • Pam: Ever read the book “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury? If you have, then what you’re describing in that same dystopic reality. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you do. It’s a fairly short and fascinating read. And it’s a banned book. What could be more perfect?


  • CatKinNY

    Only in the bizarro world that is the filibuster infested US Senate would a 52 yea to 47 nay vote be a ‘win’ for the nays.

  • Rhonda12

    You people have no clue….The so called ‘Fairness Act’ will eliminate more jobs than any single piece of legislation in the last 20 years….Stop looking at this through your political eyes and use commen sense!.

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