Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Comparative (Wage) Fiddling While Michigan Burns

So what are the Democrats doing as Michigan continues its downward slump?

Introducing e i g h t - y e s - (8) (each hyperlink goes to one of the bills - from MichiganVotes.org a great Michigan political resource website) bills into the State House and Senate to legislatively prohibit paying a person a wage or salary that is less than an amount established under a proposed definition of comparable worth.

The bills would prohibit different levels of compensation for work of “comparable value,” meaning a “comparable composite skill, responsibility, effort, education or training, and working conditions.” "The bills do not specify how different kinds of work would be compared with regard to these various criteria."

Yep, its legislating wages and salary time for all folks.

Of course they don’t define what comparable worth means.

That will be decided by a committee in the form of:
directors of the Department of Civil Rights and the MEDC, and representatives from the Michigan Women's Commission, the National Organization of Women, and the Michigan Women's Studies Association, the AFL-CIO, the UAW, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Association.

You can tell who is going to get outvoted on this proposed committee every time right?

These comparable worth bills are based on the belief in the old canard that women are paid (whatever percentage less looks the best in the study report) of a man and this canard only flies if you discount factors like time in service, maternity leave, part time status and related factors, not to mention the actual job performed. Now it is back being considered with an even further government dictation twist, this gets expanded beyond the same job position to “comparable” jobs. How do you tell what is comparable? Ask the committee. Does a doctor perform a comparable service to the community as a garbage man or more importantly a UAW member line worker after all working conditions will have to be compared as well as education training etc? Let’s not find out.

Hopefully these bills are just some political theater by to Sen. Liz Brater (D); Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D); Rep. Joan Bauer (D); Rep. Pam Byrnes (D); Rep. Sarah Roberts (D); Rep. Dian Slavens (D)’s for their constituents the UAW, NOW, and various university Women’s Studies departments. (Yes, there really are 8 bills with this scheme working their way through the legislative process.

If you think the Michigan Government is doing such a great job with the economy now, just wait until they get to decide what each job is comparable to and the wages and salaries to be set for it.


RightMichigan.com said...

The one thing job makers like less than giant tax burdens? Governments that dramatically overstep their bounds and tell them how to do business.

Simply introducing this sort of nonsense has probably killed a few dozen jobs already. Why put up with it when every other state in the nation is more friendly and eager to have you?


Anonymous said...

read the CONSAD report on gender based wage comparisons, to the US Department of Labor. The Wage Gap is dead.

The blogprof said...

Gotta love that MichiganVotes site!

Aaron said...

Yep, Michigan Votes is great for tracking the goings-on in Lansing.

Unfortunately this is more of the Democrat/UAW idea of "we can run your business better than you can and you'll darn well like it" approach. hasn't worked out so well for this state so far, but they keep trying.